Madeleine L’Engle

Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L’Engle (November 29, 1918 – September 6, 2007) was an American novelist and memoirist best known for her award-winning fantasy and science fiction series for young adults and children of all ages. She’s particularly known for A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels.

Born in New York City, L’Engle was 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.

A Wrinkle in Time (cover) by Madeleine L'Engle

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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.

L’Engle conducted a writing life that can best be described as one of perseverance. 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.  L’Engle recorded in detail the long years of rejection of her work as “too dark and difficult for children.”

Finally, she was rewarded now just with sales of her books, but also more then a dozen honorary degrees and numerous other awards.

L’Engle also exemplified 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.

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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.

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