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Madeleine L'Engle

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Newbery Medal Winner

Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007) was the Newbery Medal-winning author of more than 60 books, including the much-loved A Wrinkle in Time. Born in 1918, L’Engle grew up in New York City, Switzerland, South Carolina and Massachusetts.  Her father was a reporter and her mother had studied to be a pianist, and their house was always full of musicians and theater people. L’Engle graduated cum laude from Smith College, then returned to New York to work in the theater. While touring with a play, she wrote her first book, The Small Rain, originally published in 1945. She met her future husband, Hugh Franklin, when they both appeared in The Cherry Orchard.
 
Upon becoming Mrs. Franklin, L’Engle gave up the stage in favor of the typewriter. In the years her three children were growing up, she wrote four more novels. Hugh Franklin temporarily retired from the theater, and the family moved to western Connecticut and for ten years ran a general store. Her book Meet the Austins, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 1960, was based on this experience.
 
Her science fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time was awarded the 1963 Newbery Medal. Two companion novels, A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (a Newbery Honor book), complete what has come to be known as The Time Trilogy, a series that continues to grow in popularity with a new generation of readers. Her 198

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  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (50th Anniversary Edition)

    Become a fan of A WRINKLE IN TIME! https://www.facebook.com/wrinkleintime Fifty years ago, Madeleine L'Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe. When the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, they time travel to Camazotz, where they must face the leader IT in the ultimate battle between good and evil—a journey that threatens their lives and our universe. A Newb

  • A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Event: Charlotte Jones Voiklis Introduction

    An introduction by Madeleine L'Engle's granddaughter, Charlotte Jones Voiklis, followed by a slide show of A Wrinkle in Time jackets, photographs of Madeleine L'Engle, and readings by the author.

  • A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Event: Jane Curtin Reading

    A reading of A Wrinkle in Time by Emmy award-winning actress Jane Curtin (of the television shows Saturday Night Live and 3rd Rock from the Sun). 10:24

  • A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Event: A Student Performance

    A scene performance by students from the Brunswick School and Greenwich Academy of Greenwich, CT. (11:06)

  • A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Event: Leonard Marcus Closing Remarks

    Closing remarks provided by children's book historian and author, Leonard Marcus, followed by a slide show featuring images related to A Wrinkle in Time's Newbery Medal and a reading from the book by Madeleine L'Engle. (7:20)

  • A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Event: Interviews with event attendees

    Interviews with members of the L'Engle family, participants in the author panel, and other event attendees. (8:53)

  • A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Event: Author Panel

    A book discussion featuring Lois Lowry, author of The Giver; Katherine Paterson, author of A Bridge to Terabithia; Rebecca Stead, author of When You Reach Me; and R. L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series. Moderated by librarian Betsy Bird. (35:45)

  • A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Event: Betsy Bird Introduction

    A welcome to the A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Celebration from Betsy Bird of the New York Public Library, followed by A Wrinkle in Time book trailer. (2:37)

  • A Wrinkle in Time Anniversary Event Recap

    February 11, 2012 Symphony Space New York City

  • A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Trailer

    It's time for a new generation to share the adventure. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of A Wrinkle in Time in 2012!

  • A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L'Engle; adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson

    Watch this video trailer for the graphic novel adaptation of the classic book by Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time.

  • A Wrinkle In Time 50th Anniversary Book Trailer

    A Wrinkle In Time 50th Anniversary Book Trailer

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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

The Wrinkle in Time Quintet

Madeleine L'Engle

Over fifty years ago, Madeleine L’Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin...

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The Wrinkle in Time Trilogy

Madeleine L'Engle

Fifty years ago, Madeleine L’Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin...

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After Meg and Charles Wallace Murry and Calvin O'Keefe defeated evil and saved the universe in the Newbery Medal-winning classic A Wrinkle in Time, their adventures didn't end. The...

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"Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?" is Madeleine L'Engle's spirited defense of the responsibility of children's literature to confront difficult questions, as she did in all her work, particularly...

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