A wrinkle in time

Farewell to Madeleine L’Engle.

The obit posted by The New York Times last night began:

Madeleine L’Engle, who in writing more than 60 books, including childhood fables, religious meditations and science fiction, weaved emotional tapestries transcending genre and generation, died Thursday in Connecticut. She was 88.

Perhaps an editor’s eye, like mine, was caught by the use of “weaved” instead of the more usual past tense “wove,” for this morning the lede was changed (and improved) to:

Madeleine L’Engle, an author whose childhood fables, religious meditations and fanciful science fiction transcended both genre and generation, most memorably in her children’s classic “A Wrinkle in Time,” died on Thursday in Litchfield, Conn. She was 88.

Although I loved A Wrinkle in Time (truly one of the great novels for young people; enjoyed, but didn’t reread, its sequels), I read just a few of her other books.  Her first novel, The Small Rain, is a sad and quirky bildungsroman which I read several times in my early twenties; older, I have also returned occasionally to Two-Part Invention, the story of her marriage to Hugh Franklin–a moving, often funny book, written after her husband’s death. 

Anyone out there who’s read all of her work, or almost all?


One response to this post.

  1. Spend you life entertaining readers, getting kids interested in fantasy…and die at a ripe. old age. Is there a better way to live a life than that?

    Good on you, Madeleine!


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