Madeline L’Engle (1918-2007)

[Because of Ava DuVernay’s filmed adaptation of A Wrinkle in TimeMadeline L’Engle has been in the news lately. Here’s a biographical squib on her that might be useful in introducing students to her or her work]

“Originally Madeline Camp (1918-2007) U.S. author of children’s books. Born in New York City, she pursued a career in theater before publishing her first book, The Small Rain (1945). In A Wrinkle in Time (1962), she introduced a group of children who engage in a cosmic battle against a great evil; their adventures continue in A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978) and other books. Her works often explore such themes as the conflict of good and evil, the nature of God, individual responsibility, and family life. She also has written adult fiction, poetry, and autobiography.”

Excerpted from: Stevens, Mark A., Ed. Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Encyclopedia. Springfield, Massachusetts: Merriam-Webster, 2000.

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