Friday, September 07, 2007

Madeleine L'Engle's Death

I just learned from Jen Robinson via Kids Lit that Madeleine L'Engle died yesterday. I met Madeleine L'Engle 3 times, including her seventieth birthday party in New York City. My favorite book by her was A Wind in the Door, and I cried at its ending too.

Here is the New York Times obituary.


Lone Star Ma said... I'm crying, too.

I was in second or third grade when I read A Wrinkle In Time in increments off a rack in the back of my classroom when I had finished my assignments. I devoured A Wind In The Door (O Cherubim!) and practically considered A Swiftly Tilting Planet to be my religion. I read all the books about the Murray-O'Keefes and the Austins and a good many of her other books as well, fiction and non-fiction. I remember reading A Small Rain in the children's library at my university, not being able to bear putting it aside to study for finals.

I read the Time Quartet to my daughter when she was eight and The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas as well as Meet The Austins earlier than that.

I really appreciate the richness that she added to our lives, and so many others, I expect. There truly was a useful and beautiful life...

cloudscome said...

She has always been one of my favorites too. A sad day.

Timothy Carter said...

That is very sad. My wife Violet loves her work. I've only read A Wrinkle In Time, but I remember enjoying it. I'd better check out her other books.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Cloudscome and Timothy Carter: Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and reading it. Thanks to Big A little a for pointing me to AmoXcalli's list of articles about Madeleine L'Engle: