Madeleine L’Engle (November 29, 1918 – September 6, 2007) was an American novelist and memoirist best known for fantasy series for young adults and children of all ages. She conducted a writing life that can best be described as one of perseverance.
Born in New York City, L’Engle is remembered best for her award-winning young adult science fiction, particularly A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels. L’Engle recorded in detail the long years of rejection of her work as “too dark and difficult for children.” L’Engle was born in New York City, the only child of creative parents who encouraged her talents. Though her writing ability emerged quite early she was labeled shy and dull-witted in school, and those experiences had a lasting effect on her self-esteem.
After graduating college, L’Engle actually starting acting and found modest success in Broadway roles; she also wrote a handful of plays that were produced and published. Hers is a story of triumph following years of silence and frustration. She persisted because she felt compelled to, though she had nothing to show for her labors except rejection slips. Finally, she was rewarded now just with sales of her books, but also more then a dozen honorary degrees and numerous other awards.
She also exemplifies the life of the working artist who is also an involved parent. She had three children with her husband, Hugh Franklin. Madeleine L’Engle died in Litchfield, Connecticut in 2007.
More about Madeleine L’Engle on this site
- Keeping the Faith: Madeleine L’Engle’s Long Years of Rejection
- 6 Valuable Writing Tips from Madeleine L’Engle
- Dear Literary Ladies: Do you have a good rejection story for me?
Madeleine L’Engle’s literary output was prodigious, and included YA as well as general fiction, poetry, essays, and memoir. This is but a small sampling.
- Meet the Austins (1960)
- A Wrinkle in Time (1962)
- The Arm of the Starfish (1965)
- A Wind in the Door (1973)
- A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978)
- Many Waters (1986)
- An Acceptable Time (1989)
Autobiography and memoir
- Madeleine L’Engle on Wikipedia
- Places in the works of Madeleine L’Engle – Wikipedia
- Madeleine L’Engle’s Website
- Reader discussion of Madeleine L’Engle’s books on Goodreads
- Madeleine L’Engle page on Amazon
Articles, news, etc.
- Wrinkles of Light – the Madeleine L’Engle fanlisting
- Gifts of Speech – Madeleine L’Engle
- Madeleine L’Engle College Writing
- Madeleine L’Engle Papers, 1918-2006 – Wheaton College Archives
and Special Collections, Wheaton, IL