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Madeleine L'Engle (1918–2007)

Author of A Wrinkle in Time

130+ Works 114,885 Members 1,780 Reviews 451 Favorited

About the Author

Author Madeleine L'Engle was born in New York City on November 29, 1918. She graduated from Smith College. She is best known for A Wrinkle in Time (1962), which won the 1963 Newbery Medal for best American children's book. While many of her novels blend science fiction and fantasy, she has also show more written a series of autobiographical books, including Two Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage, which deals with the illness and death of her husband, soap opera actor Hugh Franklin. In 2004, she received a National Humanities Medal from President George W. Bush. She died on September 6, 2007 of natural causes. Since 1976, Wheaton College in Illinois has maintained a special collection of L'Engle's papers, and a variety of other materials, dating back to 1919. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time (1962) 40,078 copies, 963 reviews
A Wind in the Door (1973) 12,826 copies, 122 reviews
A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978) 12,134 copies, 106 reviews
Many Waters (1986) 8,139 copies, 63 reviews
An Acceptable Time (1989) 4,939 copies, 45 reviews
A Ring of Endless Light (1980) 3,442 copies, 39 reviews
Troubling a Star (1994) 2,190 copies, 23 reviews
A Circle of Quiet (1972) 1,827 copies, 20 reviews
Walking on Water : Reflections on faith and art (1972) 1,787 copies, 19 reviews
The Arm of the Starfish (1965) 1,750 copies, 22 reviews
Meet the Austins (1960) 1,693 copies, 28 reviews
The Young Unicorns (1968) 1,511 copies, 18 reviews
Dragons in the Waters (1976) 1,344 copies, 16 reviews
The Moon by Night (1963) 1,323 copies, 16 reviews
The Wrinkle in Time Quintet (2012) 1,290 copies, 6 reviews
Two-Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage (1988) 1,117 copies, 13 reviews
The Irrational Season (1977) 1,032 copies, 6 reviews
The Summer of the Great-Grandmother (1974) 1,032 copies, 7 reviews
A House Like a Lotus (1984) 1,030 copies, 11 reviews
The Wrinkle in Time Quartet (1962) 1,012 copies, 14 reviews
A Severed Wasp (1982) 835 copies, 14 reviews
A Wrinkle in Time Trilogy (1963) 813 copies, 3 reviews
And Both Were Young (1949) 787 copies, 22 reviews
Camilla (1951) 773 copies, 16 reviews
The Small Rain (1945) 772 copies, 19 reviews
A Live Coal in the Sea (1996) 606 copies, 10 reviews
Certain Women (1992) 600 copies, 13 reviews
The other side of the sun (1971) 415 copies, 10 reviews
And It Was Good: Reflections on Beginnings (1983) 322 copies, 4 reviews
The Rock That Is Higher: Story as Truth (1993) 316 copies, 3 reviews
The Other Dog (2001) 275 copies, 14 reviews
A Stone For A Pillow: Journeys With Jacob (1986) 272 copies, 1 review
The Love Letters (1966) 267 copies, 5 reviews
The Joys of Love (2008) 259 copies, 15 reviews
Sold Into Egypt (1989) 213 copies
Dance in the Desert (1969) 207 copies, 2 reviews
The Weather of the Heart (Wheaton Literary) (1978) 187 copies, 2 reviews
The Moment of Tenderness (2020) 179 copies, 6 reviews
A Winter's Love (1957) 167 copies, 3 reviews
A Cry Like a Bell (1987) 166 copies
The Sphinx at Dawn: Two Stories (1982) 153 copies, 1 review
Friends for the Journey (2010) 107 copies, 1 review
The Journey with Jonah (1967) 96 copies
The Anti-Muffins (1981) 75 copies, 3 reviews
WinterSong: Christmas Readings (1996) 71 copies, 2 reviews
Ilsa (1946) 69 copies, 3 reviews
A Full House: An Austin Family Christmas (1999) 68 copies, 2 reviews
Anytime Prayers (1994) 64 copies
Mothers and Daughters (1997) 45 copies
Prelude (1968) 44 copies
The Fact of the Matter (2020) 22 copies, 1 review
Do I Dare Disturb the Universe? (2012) 20 copies, 1 review
Mothers and Sons (2000) 16 copies
Prayers for Sunday (1974) 15 copies
Everyday prayers (1974) 12 copies
From This Day Forward (1989) 8 copies
Camilla Dickinson [2012 film] (2012) — Screenplay — 2 copies
Passion & Honor 2 copies
Die Zeitfalte (1962) 1 copy

Associated Works

A Grief Observed (1961) — Foreword, some editions — 8,691 copies, 94 reviews
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel (2012) — Original novel — 1,514 copies, 87 reviews
She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall (1999) — Foreword, some editions — 1,449 copies, 30 reviews
The Mind of the Maker (1941) — Introduction, some editions — 1,363 copies, 11 reviews
The Little Flowers of St. Francis (1944) — Foreword, some editions — 1,222 copies, 11 reviews
Companion To Narnia (1980) — Foreword, some editions — 972 copies, 8 reviews
Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas (2004) — Contributor — 774 copies, 11 reviews
The Midnight Folk (1984) — Afterword, some editions — 752 copies, 17 reviews
A Newbery Christmas (1991) — Contributor — 296 copies, 1 review
The Unicorn Treasury: Stories, Poems, and Unicorn Lore (1988) — Contributor — 262 copies, 2 reviews
The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy (2006) — Contributor — 238 copies, 9 reviews
Wise Women: Over Two Thousand Years of Spiritual Writing by Women (1996) — Contributor — 203 copies, 1 review
A Newbery Halloween (1991) — Contributor — 156 copies, 2 reviews
A Wrinkle in Time [2018 film] (2018) — Original book — 150 copies, 3 reviews
Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith (2010) — Contributor — 144 copies, 2 reviews
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy, Volume 2: Witches (1984) — Contributor — 142 copies, 1 review
Pilgrim Souls: A Collection of Spiritual Autobiography (1999) — Introduction, some editions — 127 copies
The Life of Meaning: Reflections on Faith, Doubt, and Repairing the World (2007) — Contributor — 125 copies, 5 reviews
Mistresses of the Dark [Anthology] (1998) — Contributor — 123 copies, 4 reviews
Witches: Wicked, Wild, and Wonderful (2012) — Contributor — 116 copies, 2 reviews
Home for Christmas: Stories for Young and Old (2002) — Contributor — 113 copies, 10 reviews
Visions of Fantasy: Tales from the Masters (1989) — Contributor — 102 copies, 2 reviews
The Best Spiritual Writing 1998 (1998) — Contributor — 101 copies, 1 review
A Wrinkle in Time [2003 TV movie] (2003) — Original book — 72 copies
Stories for the Christian Year (1992) — Contributor — 67 copies
The Mists from Beyond (1993) — Contributor — 50 copies
Great Ghost Stories (Books of Wonder) (1998) — Contributor — 48 copies
Second Sight : Stories for a New Millennium (1999) — Contributor — 45 copies, 1 review
Dixie Ghosts (1988) — Contributor — 40 copies, 1 review
Summer: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2005) — Contributor — 38 copies, 2 reviews
Great American Ghost Stories (1991) — Contributor — 36 copies
Young Ghosts (1985) — Contributor — 32 copies, 1 review
Suncatcher: A Study of Madeleine L'Engle and Her Writing (1998) — Foreword — 29 copies, 1 review
Great American Ghost Stories Volume 1 (Anthology 16-in-1) (1992) — Contributor — 25 copies, 2 reviews
Spooks, Spooks, Spooks (1966) — Contributor — 13 copies
Nine Visions, a Book of Fantasies (1983) — Contributor — 13 copies
Rediscovery, Volume 2: Science Fiction by Women, 1953-1957 (2022) — Contributor — 12 copies, 1 review
Asimov's Ghosts (1986) — Contributor — 4 copies

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
L'Engle, Madeleine
Legal name
Franklin, Madeleine L'Engle (married)
Camp, Madeleine (born)
Birthdate
1918-11-29
Date of death
2007-09-06
Burial location
Silver Lane Cemetery, East Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
New York, New York, USA
Place of death
Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
Cause of death
natural causes
Places of residence
New York, New York, USA
Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
Montreux, Switzerland
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
France
Education
Smith College (BA|1941)
Berkeley Divinity School (1984)
Occupations
novelist
actor
poet
librarian
teacher
Relationships
Roy, Léna (granddaughter)
Camp, Charles Wadsworth (father)
Voiklis, Charlotte Jones (granddaughter)
Rooney, Maria (daughter)
Moore, Cornelia Duryée (goddaughter)
Organizations
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
Awards and honors
Order of St. John of Jerusalem (1972)
USM Medallion (1978)
Smith College Award (1981)
Sophia Award (1984)
Regina Medal (1985)
ALAN Award (1986) (show all 15)
Kerlan Award (1990)
Guest Speaker at the Library of Congress (1985)
Authors Guild president (1985-86)
Honorary Doctorate (Haverford College)
National Humanities Medal (2004)
Margaret A. Edwards Award (1998)
Newbery Medal (1963)
New York Writers Hall of Fame (2011)
SF Hall Of Fame (2017)
Agent
Lescher, Robert
Raines, Theron
Short biography
Madeleine L'Engle Camp began writing stories, poems and journals at a young age. When she was 12, she moved with her parents to the French Alps and went to an English boarding school. She attended high school back in the USA at Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, vacationing with her mother in an old cottage on Florida Beach.

She majored in English at Smith College and graduated with honors in 1941. She moved into an apartment in Greenwich Village in New York, worked in the theater, and published her first two novels, A Small Rain (1945) and Ilsa (1946). In 1946, she married Hugh Franklin, an actor, whom she met while an understudy in Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard. The couple moved to Connecticut to raise their family on a small dairy farm village with more cows than people; they later returned to New York City with three children. Madeleine began an association with the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, where she was the librarian and maintained an office for more than 30 years. She produced more than 60 books during her career.

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Reviews

I have read this book and listened to the audiobook dozens of times. I love the characters and feel like they're old friends!
 
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During the summer her grandfather is dying of leukemia and death seems all around, 15-year-old Vicky finds comfort with the pod of dolphins on which she has been doing research.
 
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PlumfieldCH | 38 other reviews | Jul 13, 2024 |
Different with every read. I loved this book as a child and still find it appealing as an adult.
 
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LaPhenix | 962 other reviews | Jul 8, 2024 |
Dennis shivered, then put out one finger and tapped on the standard keys of the computer: "Take me someplace warm." "Hey, I don't think we ought to mess with that," Sandy warned.
"What do you expect? A genie to pop up, like the one in Aladdin and the magic lamp? This is just a computer, for heaven's sake. It can't do anything it isn't programmed to do."
Sandy held his fingers over the keyboard. "A lot of people think computers are alive - I mean, really, sort of like Alladdin's genie."
 
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Statistics

Works
130
Also by
45
Members
114,885
Popularity
#73
Rating
4.0
Reviews
1,780
ISBNs
867
Languages
18
Favorited
451

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