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Author Spotlight: Madeleine L’Engle

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Born and raised in New York City, Madeleine L’Engle always knew that she was better at writing more than anything else. She write her first story at age five and started journaling at age eight.

Though she didn’t have the best grades, she graduated with honors from Smith College. After graduation, she worked in theatre. While working on Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard, she met her future husband, Hugh Franklin. After they got married, they moved to Connecticut and purchased a general store. They had one son, Bion, and adopted a seven-year-old girl named Maria later on.

L’Engle pursued writing, but after receiving many rejection letters, she was determined to give up writing on her 40th birthday. After seven years in Connecticut, the family moved back to New York in 1959 so Franklin could return to acting. Their move was ten weeks’ worth modafinil online of camping cross-country. During this time, L’Engle was struck with the idea for her most famous novel, A Wrinkle in Time.

Her strong faith and immense interest in the sciences inspired A Wrinkle in Time. The story revolves around a little girl whose father went missing after working on a device called the Tesseract. The book melds together both fantasy and faith the same way C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia did. The theme of good versus canadian pharmacy viagra evil and light versus darkness weighs very heavily in the story. Themes of conformity and status quo were present as well.

In 1960, she finished the first draft. Thirty rejections and two years later, her manuscript was finally published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1962. For the next two decades, L’Engle continued to write books and memoirs, including one which was autobiographical (Crosswicks Journals).  She also wrote a memoir of her marriage (Two-Part Invention, 1988), which she completed after her husband’s death in 1986.

L’Engle suffered from a car crash in 1991 but recovered enough to be able to visit Antarctica a year later. However, in the 2000s, her health started declining rapidly. In 2007, she died at Rose Haven in Litchfield, Connecticut.

L’Engle and her writing received many accolades all throughout her career. A Wrinkle in Time alone has received several awards, including the 1962 Newbery Medal. She was awarded with many honorary degrees such as doctorates for literature and sacred theology. In 1997, she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World of Fantasy Awards. She www.yourcanadianmeds.com also received the 1998 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.”

 

Sources:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2004/04/12/the-storyteller-cynthia-zarin

http://www.biography.com/people/madeleine-lengle-9378983#synopsis

http://www.madeleinelengle.com/madeleine-lengle/

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