When the publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux announced the death of 88-year-old Madeleine L’Engle last week, generations of readers fondly recalled her 1962 children’s classic A Wrinkle in Time, which has sold eight million copies and is in its 69th printing.
L’Engle explained once that she took concepts from Einstein’s theory of relativity and Planck’s quantum theory to create the story of Meg Murry and her psychic brother, who use time travel and extra-sensory perception to save their father. The book spawned a series which includes A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.
According to a September 8, 2007 New York Times obituary, L’Engle once said of writing:
“Why does anyone tell a story? It does indeed have something to do with
faith – faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose to say or do matters, matters cosmically.”
If you are interested in sampling L’Engle’s books, browse the library’s catalog.