A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle was published in 1962, but not without its share of challenges. “A Wrinkle in Time was almost never published,” Madeleine L’Engle wrote. “You can’t name a major publisher who didn’t reject it. When we’d run through forty-odd publishers, my agent sent it back. We gave up.” Editors found the fantasy novel too dark and complex for children. But the following selection of quotes from A Wrinkle in Time prove that this beloved novel is a timeless work of fiction for all ages.
Eventually, the book found its home. Published in 1962, A Wrinkle in Time is still in print, with millions of copies sold worldwide. Its legacy lives on, as it’s still in print and is the basis of the 2018 film version. It has the distinction of having won some of the most prestigious publishing awards, as well as being one of the most frequently banned books of all time.
Octavia E. Butler (1947 – 2006) was an American author of science fiction. In the white male-dominated genre of science fiction, she broke ground both as a woman as well as an African-American.
After publishing some short stories, Octavia Butler’s first novel was Patternmaster (1976). It was the first in what would become a four-volume series. But it was Kindred (1979) that really put Octavia Butler on the literary map. It follows the tale of Dana, a contemporary African-American woman who travels back in time to save an ancestor who happens to be a white slave owner. By saving him in his time, she ensures her own survival in the future. Following is a selection of quotes from Kindred, showcasing Octavia Butler’s keen observations of human nature: Read More→
Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) was an esteemed British author known for six distinguished novels that secured her legacy in literary history. Despite myths of her modesty when it came to writing (all of her novels were published anonymously) she cared deeply about getting published and being read. Her first novel, Sense and Sensibility, was published in 1911 under the nom de plume “a Lady.”
Sense and Sensibility is an exquisitely crafted portrait of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood who are forced to leave their home after their father’s death. Like other women of their time and class, they must make good marriages. Along the way they encounter meddling matriarchs, conniving rakes, and competitive contemporaries, all standing in their path to love and security.
Following are some beloved quotes from Sense and Sensibility, demonstrating the author’s trademark wisdom and subtle wit. Read More→
Harper Lee (1926 – 2016) was an American author best known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning book To Kill A Mockingbird (1960). Her second novel, Go Set A Watchman (2015), was initially considered to be a sequel, as it follows the continuing story of the Finch family, but was later revealed to be an early draft of To Kill A Mockingbird.
As one of the nation’s most celebrated writers, she remained unpublished and largely out of the public eye during the 55-year period between To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman. A book once described by Oprah Winfrey as “our national novel,” To Kill A Mockingbird has remained celebrated and highly regarded through the years. Here are some outstanding quotes from To Kill A Mockingbird, truly a Great American Novel. Read More→
Pearl S. Buck (1892 – 1973) was an American author of fiction and nonfiction, humanitarian, and human rights advocate. She was also the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. She had a prolific career, authoring some seventy books, and was also a dedicated human rights advocate, founding the East and West Association in 1941.
Pearl Buck’s second novel, The Good Earth, is her best-known work and remains the one that defined her place in American literature. It received both the Pulitzer Prize and the Howells Medal in 1932. Following are quotes from The Good Earth, a classic novel that’s still widely read and studied: