October 24th, 2012

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Madeleine L'Engle's Children's Books

long time dear friend and colleague mike g, wife and 11 year old daughter Antonia have been traveling about Our world for the last 1.5 years. during their "This Worldly" travels, mike has been reading some "Other Worldly" science-fiction and fantasy ([uh huh, uh huh, ...! :D] bedtime) stories to Antonia:
From: Mike G
Subject: Madeleine L'Engle
To: Geoff Goodfellow

I have been reading Antonia some of Madeleine L'Engle books: A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet. . Very enlightened she was. All about eternal love, and the battle of the good and the evil (Echthroi), and interdimensional beings. The stories are so close to what you talk about, yet written for a child. I know you spend your time studying and probably wouldn't read such a thing otherwise, but could be a worth while/interesting distraction. Clearly these books were written ages ago and tell Madeleine L'Engle's story which seems similar to yours and are astonishingly close to what you and I talk about it's uncanny. I don't know where she got the stuff, if she made it all up herself or if she read some of the same things you have read.

-Mike
selected excerpts of Madeleine L'Engle trivia and personal quotes:
  • L'Engle published her most famous and probably most beloved book, "A Wrinkle in Time," in 1962. The book was rejected 26 times before the New York company of Farrar, Straus bought it.

  • After her wedding, she and her husband moved to an old farmhouse in Connecticut; he ran a general store while L'Engle wrote.

  • She attended Smith College and published her first short stories while in college.

  • She wrote "A Wrinkle in Time" after becoming interested in Einstein's theories on the nature of time. Some of her other books include scientific references, such as tesseracts and mitochondrial DNA.

  • You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.

  • I never write for any age group in mind. When people do, they tend to be......condescending, and they don't write as well as they can write. When you underestimate your audience, you're cutting yourself off from your best work.
  • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0478291/bio#quotes
  • see also:
  • http://geoff.livejournal.com/127886.html