Creative Destruction

September 7, 2007

Madeleine L’Engle, RIP

Filed under: Art,Popular Culture — Robert @ 3:18 pm

Madeleine L’Engle, dead at 89. I loved “A Wrinkle in Time” and its followup books. Time to dig them out of the dusty boxes and give them another read. There’s a very brief obituary here; for more, see Wikipedia.

H/T John Scalzi.



  1. Now that takes me back.

    I’m going to have to pick up those books I never got around to now.

    Comment by Adam — September 8, 2007 @ 6:22 am | Reply

  2. never read her, robert. i was deprived. now i’m depraved. i’ve got a little one who will turn one year old in a few days. at what age should i introduce the little toddler to ms. madeleine? we’ve been going to book stores, and she loves to walk around the children’s section and pick up little wooden toy trucks. doesn’t care for fuzzy wuzzies. today she chased a little boy away. he got spooked by a scary little baby and hid behind a tree. little one mainly likes to eat books. and listen to mommy make animal noises while she reads.

    Comment by greywhitie — September 13, 2007 @ 11:19 pm | Reply

  3. Just leave it around, she’ll read it when she reads it.

    Comment by Robert — September 14, 2007 @ 1:47 am | Reply

  4. Get a copy with a good binding, ‘cuz you’ll be dusting it for a decade before she gets around to opening it. ‘Course, that decade is gonna go by fast, so there’s some merit in Robert’s proposal.

    Here’s a fun 2006 interview with L’Engle on the premiere of ABC’s televised version of “A Wrinkle in Time.”

    Q: [D]id it meet expectations?
    A: Oh, yes. I expected it to be bad, and it is.

    She also discusses the theology that permeates her fiction. I vaguely remember that the theology didn’t work for me in A Wrinkle in Time; much like The Secret Garden, the religious references seemed pretty gratuitous. In contrast, religious references in children’s books such as Heidi and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe seem better integrated into the story.

    Comment by nobody.really — September 14, 2007 @ 11:02 am | Reply

  5. baby and i were at borders today, and i saw a copy of the book. noticed that it won the 1963 newberry award, so they will be printing it for a while.

    religious references are lost on me. i never read the bible, so don’t get religious references.

    Comment by greywhitie — September 14, 2007 @ 4:09 pm | Reply

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