Madeleine L’Engle 1918-2007

Madeleine L'EngleThe author Madeleine L’Engle died last month at the age of 88. I must be living under a rock or reading the wrong blogs or something, because despite my love for her writing I had no idea she died. It’s kind of sad that I accidentally stumbled across the fact a month later.

I’ve also been mispronouncing her name. According the New York Times obituary it’s pronounced “LENG-el”–I’ve been saying it “LA-Engel.” Some fan I am.

Anyway, she’s best known for A Wrinkle in Time–which was rejected something like a million times (NYT says 26) and the resulting series, though my favorite work of hers is Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art. It was required reading for a required freshman class and I hated it the first time. But I somehow was convinced to read it again and fell in love with it, underlining half of it. We own three copies because we’ve underlined and written in the margins of each one.

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