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Case Study No. 1786: Madeleine L'Engle

Creative Quotations from Madeleine L'Engle for Nov 28
A thought provoking collection of Creative Quotations from Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007); born on Nov 28. US novelist; She won the 1963 Newberry award for "A Wrinkle in Time."
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Creative Quotations from Madeleine L'Engle
(1918-2007) born on Nov 28

US novelist; she won the 1963 Newberry award for A Wrinkle in Time

"Truth is eternal, knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them."

"The naked intellect is an extraordinary inaccurate instrument."

"A book comes and says, 'Write me.' My job is to try to serve it to the best of my ability ... "

"That's the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they've been all along."

"No matter how true I believe I am writing to be, if the reader cannot also participate in that truth, then I have failed."


From wikipedia.org:

Madeleine L'Engle (November 29, 1918 – September 6, 2007) was an American writer best known for young-adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels: A Wind in the Door, National Book Award-winning A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time. Her works reflect both her Christian faith and her strong interest in modern science.

L'Engle attended Smith College from 1937 to 1941. After graduating cum laude from Smith, she moved to an apartment in New York City. In 1942, she met actor Hugh Franklin when she appeared in the play The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov. L'Engle married Franklin on January 26, 1946, the year after the publication of her first novel, The Small Rain. (Later she wrote of their meeting and marriage, "We met in The Cherry Orchard and were married in The Joyous Season.") The couple's first daughter, Josephine, was born in 1947.

The family moved to a 200-year-old farmhouse called Crosswicks in Goshen, Connecticut in 1952. To replace Franklin's lost acting income, they purchased and operated a small general store, while L'Engle continued with her writing. Their son Bion was born that same year. Four years later, seven-year-old Maria, the daughter of family friends who had died, came to live with the Franklins, and they adopted her shortly thereafter. During this period, L'Engle also served as choir director of the local Congregational Church.

In 1959 the family returned to New York City so that Hugh could resume his acting career. The move was immediately preceded by a ten-week cross-country camping trip, during which L'Engle first had the idea for her most famous novel, A Wrinkle in Time. L'Engle completed the book by 1960, but more than two dozen publishers rejected the story before Farrar, Straus and Giroux finally published it in 1962.

In 1960 the Franklins moved to an apartment in the Cleburne Building on West End Avenue; the apartment was sold by the estate for $4 million in 2008. From 1960 to 1966 (and again in 1989 and 1990), L'Engle taught at St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's School in New York. In 1965 she became a volunteer librarian at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, also in New York. She later served for many years as writer-in-residence at the Cathedral, generally spending her winters in New York and her summers at Crosswicks.


From stjohndivine.org:

Thursday, November 29 2012, 4 pm

Join the Cathedral community for an evening celebrating author and longtime Cathedral librarian Madeleine L'Engle with the dedication of the Diocesan House library as a literary landmark. L'Engle's books for readers of all ages were profoundly influenced by her Episcopal faith, belief in science, and strong appreciation for the inner lives of children. This year marks the 50th publishing anniversary of her Newberry Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time.

The dedication of the literary landmark plaque will be followed by a 5 pm Evensong service in the Cathedral.

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