Any story that begins with “it was a dark and stormy night” promises to be a page-turner!
Today on November 29, 1918, Madeleine L’Engle was born. I first met her the day I picked up her book, “A Wrinkle in Time.” I was eight years old. This book changed the way I viewed our planet and the universe. We were not alone. There was a possibility that life came in many forms.
In my first reading of “A Wrinkle in TIme”, I was unaware of the controversary that surrounded the themes of religion and science. Some thought it was too religious and others thought it promoted new ageism. Both sides missed the point of the narrative that spoke of the universal truths of courage, hope, endurance, faith and love.
A Wrinkle in Time is now a beloved favorite. It confirms the important truths that love, hope, and faith are enduring. The story follows young Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and friend, Calvin O’Keefe, when they embark on a perilous mission to save Meg and Charles’s father. The danger is real, one that threatens their lives and the entire universe.
They travel through time and space with the help of three supernatural beings: Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Whatsit.
Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin face grave dangers and encounter the forces of darkness which call upon them to find an inner courage. They learn to believe in themselves and each other. Ultimately, their friendship is their greatest strength. Together, they overcome even the most difficult obstacles and learn to never give up. In the end, they triumph over their adversaries and save the day, reaffirming their belief that the power of love, hope, and faith is stronger than any evil.
A Wrinkle in Time, which received 30 rejections before it was published in 1962, would go on to win the Newbery Medal.
Happy Birthday Madeleine L’Engle
“The book now holds the distinction of being one of the most frequently banned novels in American literature. With that, Madeleine L’Engle became one of few authors to experience enduring literary superstardom during their lifetime, and one of even fewer to live long enough—another 44 years—to see their book take root in the culture, changing the lives of generations of readers and transforming the landscape of possibility for women writers of science fiction and female protagonists. Meg Murry would become an enduring and universal symbol of adolescent angst and girl power—one of the most cherished and iconic characters in American fiction. Millions of lonely young people have felt empowered. I can fight the darkness. I am not alone.” Madeleine L’Engle Biography