Saturday, September 8, 2007

Rest in Peace: Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle - 1919-2007
Author of: A Wrinkle in Time, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, A Wind in the Door, Troubling a Star, A Circle of Quiet, Many Waters, An Acceptable Time, Walking on Water: Reflections of Faith and Art, and many more.

A week or so ago I wrote about some of my favorite young adult books and how those books shaped the kind of reader and person that I am today. I mentioned A Wrinkle in Time by the brilliant Madeleine L'Engle. On September 7, 2007 Madeleine passed away in a nursing home, she was 88.

In the wake of her death several articles have been written. Reading them I have learned some interesting facts about a revered author.

It is interesting to note that A Wrinkle in Time — which L’Engle said was rejected repeatedly before it found a publisher in 1962 — won the American Library Association’s 1963 Newbery Medal for best American children’s book.

Madeleine, considered one of the greatest children's authors of her time, did not appreciate being known as such.

"In my dreams," she reportedly said, "I never have an age."

Thank you Madeleine.


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