Madeleine L’Engle

Our next female author in this week’s showcase is Madeleine L’Engle. She is most well known for being the author of A Wrinkle In Time. I read A Wrinkle In Time when I was 11 years old, and it has been my favorite book since. When I was entering college I discovered A Wrinkle In Time was actually part of a series. One summer I read the entire set, and I personally think they are all phenomenal. The series continues following the Murry family from A Wrinkle In Time. The Time Quintet, as it is called, even has one book that is considered part of two L’Engle’s series, An Acceptable Time. The other series is centered on the O’Keefe family which is connected to A Wrinkle In Time. She focuses heavily on her christian faith mixed with her interest in science in her writings.

Why I love A Wrinkle In Time so much though is L’Engles ability to make such quirky, strong, and dynamic characters. I always love a character in a book that has such a quirky and cultured persona. I love that L’Engle highlights that with the entire Murry family from A Wrinkle In Time. To picture this family in their home drinking hot chocolate in the middle of the night discussing moving through time, old religion stories, or just what crazy invention one of them is making next is such an impactful image to me. I want that life. I feel I live that life. The unique stories of what people do with ones they care about just simply in their homes rather than for some big show are the best kind of stories to explore. That is why I love not only A Wrinkle In Time, but Madeleine L’Engle.

L’Engle is not only a novelist, but a poet and playwright, as well. I read a book of her poems including “Lines Scribbled on an Envelope.” She also dives into non-fiction writing. She has four movie adaptations of her books. I highly suggest looking into Madeleine L’Engle’s writings if you are interested in a very unique perspective with fascinating characters. If you are interested in learning more about the author herself check out her granddaughters’ biography, Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters. I know it is going on my reading list.

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