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Madeleine L’Engle, 1918 – 2007

Madeleine L'EngleMadeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet and Many Waters, has died at the age of 88 at a nursing home in Litchfield, CT. Those were amazing books, and I loved them all.

Via CNN:

HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Author Madeleine L’Engle, whose novel “A Wrinkle in Time” has been enjoyed by generations of schoolchildren and adults since the 1960s, has died, her publicist said Friday. She was 88.

L’Engle died Thursday at a nursing home in Litchfield of natural causes, according to Jennifer Doerr, publicity manager for publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

The Newbery Medal winner wrote more than 60 books, including fantasies, poetry and memoirs, often highlighting spiritual themes and her Christian faith.

Although L’Engle was often labeled a children’s author, she disliked that classification. In a 1993 Associated Press interview, she said she did not write down to children.

“In my dreams, I never have an age,” she said. “I never write for any age group in mind. When people do, they tend to be tolerant and condescending and they don’t write as well as they can write.

“When you underestimate your audience, you’re cutting yourself off from your best work.”

From whence came the art:

That is Madeleine L’Engle’s publicity photo from Random House, and found at her Wikipedia article.

Filed under: Education, Literature

10 Responses

  1. *sniff*

    i loved those books

  2. JanieBelle says:

    So did I. Very early on in my reading “career” I had read A Wrinkle in Time and followed it with The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and did book reports on them for school.

    After class on the day of the report for the latter, my teacher pulled me aside, complimented my reading and comprehension ability, and said, “Let me introduce you to a woman named Andre…”

    And so it began.

  3. damewiggy says:

    I was so sad to read of her departure. What an incredible woman/writer/spiritualist. She left the world a better place than when she arrived, god love her.

  4. Martyne says:

    I love the secular writings of C S Lewis. He was , though, a very Christian man. I thought his arguments were very well put, even though I don’t agree with him on principal. What say you girl?

  5. elise says:

    *soft smile* L’Engle was, of course, one of the many writers who influenced my love affair with words. What a beautiful life.

  6. JanieBelle says:

    I suspect L’Engle inspired many an affair with words.

    The world really is a better place for her having been here, and I can think of no better epitaph than that for any of us.

  7. blipey says:

    While certainly not my first interaction with science, reading her books was one of the first times I thought science was SUPER cool. Sad to hear she’s gone.

  8. JanieBelle says:

    Yeah, I’m still bumming over the news, blipey.

    Kisses

  9. factician says:

    I loved “Wrinkle in Time”. For a big chunk of my childhood it was my favorite book, and I wanted to be Charles Wallace.

    “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”

    -Madeleine L’Engle

  10. JanieBelle says:

    She really did touch many lives, and gave the gift of a love for literature to them all.

    What a wonderful legacy.

    Kisses Factician

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