R.I.P. Madeleine L'Engle

  1. I'm so sad. Her books were such a huge part of my childhood. I can't tell you how many times I've read A Wrinkle in Time, and I just recently re-read An Endless Ring of Light.

    RIP, Madeleine.

    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."
    "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. Her "A Ring of Endless Light" was a Newbery Honor Book, or medal runner-up, in 1981.
    In 2004, President Bush awarded her a National Humanities Medal.
    "Wrinkle" tells the story of adolescent Meg Murry, her genius little brother Charles Wallace, and their battle against evil as they search across the universe for their missing father, a scientist.
    L'Engle followed it up with further adventures of the Murry children, including "A Wind in the Door," 1973; "A Swiftly Tilting Planet," 1978, which won an American Book Award; and "Many Waters," 1986.
     
  2. Oh that is sad. I loved her books as a child too.
     
  3. So sad, I loved her books also. Wish the best to her family and friends.
     
  4. that is sad. I remember reading a wrinkle in time for a lit class in school.
     
  5. Oh, that's so sad! I loved her books. My favoreite was A Ring of Endless Light.
     
  6. OMG! I loved her, I think I need to re-read her books. I loved the wrinkle in time series, like most people...but also, the older series...I loved how she had characters crossover, in her books.

    Off to Amazon for me :smile:
     
  7. I loved A Wrinkle In Time growing up, RIP.:heart:
     
  8. 'A Wrinkle in Time' and 'A Swiftly Turning Planet' were my favorite books as a child and I still read them today as a young adult. I think her books were amazing in that anyone at any age could read and enjoy them. I always enjoyed going on a fantasy and sci-fi adventure with her characters.
     
  9. RIP. I enjoyed her books when I was younger. Maybe a re-read is in order.
     
  10. I love her books. She was my real first love of an author. I moved from her many books about the Murray family, onto Anne McCaffrey's Pern Trilogy, and developed a lifelong love of reading of science fiction and fantasy. She introduced me to a word that included Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, Terry Pratchett, Anne Rice, and even Stpehen King. I even wrote her a fan letter one as a child (and Anne McCaffrey, too) and they both sent wonderful handwritten letters back. you could even tell Anne McCaffrey's was hers due to the writing and the fact that she was very old at that time. Madeline L'Engle introduced me to a life-long love of reading that I will always be thankful for. Thank you to the PP for letting me know about her death and for reminding me of her.