Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007)

Madeleine L'Engle

Author, A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L’Engle Camp was born in New York City and wrote her first story at age five. She attended a series of boarding schools as her family moved frequently, living in France, Switzerland and then Florida. She graduated summa cum laude from Smith College in 1941 and five years later married Hugh Franklin, an actor. Between 1959 and 1960, as a young mother of three, she wrote A Wrinkle in Time, a young adult science fiction fantasy novel. More than 26 publishers turned it down, deeming its themes too difficult for children and because it didn't fit into any neat category. The book was finally published in 1962 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and won the Newbery Medal, the Sequoyah Book Award and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. L’Engle wrote dozens of books for adults and children, including the sequels to A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, National Book Award–winning A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters and An Acceptable Time. Her works reflect both her Christian faith and her strong interest in modern science.