Friday, September 7, 2007

Madeleine L’Engle, Gone but Never to be Forgotten...

Sad news arrived today about the death of famed author Madeleine L’Engle, who died of natural causes yesterday at the age of 88. Her wide-ranging career spanned nearly the entire breadth of her life, beginning from the age of 5, and she wrote some of everything: poetry, plays, autobiographies and books on prayer in addition to many books for children. Amazingly enough, the work that would personify her fame, A Wrinkle in Time, was initially rejected by 26 publishers before L'Engle saw her characters come to life for the general public. Talk about perseverance.... L'Engle had a very straightforward approach to writing what was in her heart:

“Why does anybody tell a story?” Ms. L’Engle once asked, even though she knew the answer. “It does indeed have something to do with faith,” she said,
“faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically.”

The New York Times has a lovely, very flattering article out about L'Engle's life and work and from which I pulled the above quote.


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