Authors - Madeleine L'Engle


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Authors - Madeleine L'Engle

  1. 1. PRESENTS:
  2. 2. It was a dark and stormy night...
  3. 3. • Madeleine L'Engle (November 29, 1918 – September 6, 2007) was an American writer best known for young-adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels: A Wind in the Door, National Book Award- winning A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters. • Her works reflect both her Christian faith and her strong interest in modern science.
  4. 4. • L'Engle wrote her first story at age five and began keeping a journal at age eight. • The L'Engle family traveled frequently. At one point, the family moved to a chateau near Chamonix in the French Alps, in what Madeleine described as the hope that the cleaner air would be easier on her father's lungs. • Madeleine was sent to a boarding school in Switzerland. However, in 1933, L'Engle's grandmother fell ill, and they moved near Jacksonville, Florida to be close to her. • When her father died in 1935, Madeleine arrived home too late to say goodbye.
  5. 5. • After graduating from college, she moved to an apartment in New York City in 1942. There, she met actor Hugh Franklin when she appeared in the play with him. They married on January 26, 1946, the year after the publication of her first novel, The Small Rain. The couple's first daughter, Josephine, was born in 1947. • The family moved to a 200-year-old farmhouse called Crosswicks in Goshen, Connecticut in 1952. • To replace Franklin's lost acting income, they purchased and operated a small general store, while L'Engle continued with her writing. • Their son Bion was born that same year. Four years later, they adopted seven-year-old Maria, the daughter of family friends who had died. During this period, L'Engle also served as choir director of the local Congregational Church.
  6. 6. • L'Engle determined to give up writing on her 40th birthday when she received yet another rejection notice. Soon she discovered both that she could not give it up and that she had continued to work on stories subconsciously. • The family returned to New York City in 1959 so that Hugh could resume his acting career. The move was preceded by a ten-week cross- country camping trip, during which L'Engle first had the idea for her most famous novel, A Wrinkle in Time, which she completed by 1960. • It was rejected more than thirty times before she handed it to John C. Farrar; it was finally published in 1962.
  7. 7. • The story revolves around a young teenage girl, Meg, whose father, a government scientist, has gone missing after working on a mysterious project called a tesseract. • She and her odd, misunderstood little brother, Charles Wallace, along with Calvin, a handsome boy from school, meet three strange, otherworldly “witches” who claim to know where Meg & Charles Wallace’s father is, and how to rescue him. • This leads them on a fantastic planet- hopping trip through space, and a terrifying meeting with the soul-stealing ...
  8. 8. • After it was published, A Wrinkle In Time won the top award for children’s literature, The Newbery Medal, as well as several other book awards. • It continues to be one of the most-loved, best known works of children’s fiction. • It also created, and continues to create some controversy in schools, due to it’s depiction of witches and obvious Christian references, which are reminiscent of another popular children’s author, C.S. Lewis, as well as J.K. Rowling’s wildly successful Harry Potter series.
  9. 9. • A Wrinkle In Time continues to be considered one of the classic benchmarks in young adult literature, and continues to be one of the most-read books amongst sixth-grade classes. • It has been adapted into several different mediums over the years, including: • A television movie • A graphic novel • A stage play
  10. 10. • Following the success of the first novel, Madeleine L’Engle continued the adventures of the Murry family with A Wind In The Door, published in 1973. • When a strange “dragon” of many eyes and wings appears in the family’s garden, an alien “teacher” warns of an ancient evil, the Echthroi (the evil forces that tear skies, snuff out light, and darken planets) which has come to our Earth. • Meg and Calvin must travel inside little Charles Wallace’s body, inside his very cells, to fight an evil which could rip the universe apart!
  11. 11. • Next in the series is A Swiftly Tilting Planet, published in 1978. • Charles Wallace, now fifteen years old, must travel back in time to change certain past events, or a madman threatens to destroy the world with nuclear fire. • As he enters other people’s bodies, he sees through their eyes, and begins to understand how small choices can have large consequences. • Can he do what must be done to save the world?
  12. 12. • The final novel in the Time Quartet is Many Waters, published in 1986. • The story features the two middle boys of the Murry family, the twins Sandy and Dennys. • In what was her most explicit Christan-themed story yet, the boys are taken back to early human history, meeting angelic creatures, savage giants, and the biblical prophet Noah and his estranged family, just as the fabled Ark was being built. • The boys are separated and must come to terms with issues of science, faith, and growing up.
  13. 13. • Madeleine L’Engle’s books stretched the boundaries of what young adult literature was, bringing themes of science and religion together in ways that had not been attempted before, or since. • After a career spanning nearly 30 years and with over 45 books published, Madeleine L’Engle died in 2007 in Connecticut. • Her remarkable books, with their challenging themes, continue to amaze and enthrall young readers around the world.
  14. 14. At Tara in this fateful hour, I place all Heaven with its power, And the sun with its brightness, And the snow with its whiteness, And the fire with all the strength it hath, And the lightning with its rapid wrath, And the wind with its swiftness along its path, And the sea with its deepness, And the rocks with their steepness, And the Earth with its starkness All these I place By God's almighty help and grace Between myself and the powers of darkness. St. Patrick’s Rune ~ from A Swiftly Tilting Planet