Madeleine L’Engle, RIP

The author of A Wrinkle in Time has left us. Her work is one of the things that made me a writer, a science fiction and fantasy fan, an avid reader. Hers were the first books I read that mixed math and magic, the quest and the quantum. To put it simply, without L’Engle’s tesseracts, Midnighters would have no tridecalogisms.

Here are a few more thoughts I put down for New York Magazine‘s Culture Blog.

And here Gwenda Bond quotes L’Engle at length on what authors know or don’t know about what their novels mean.

According to the NY Times obit, A Wrinkle in Time has sold six million copies since 1962, but lately moves only 15,000 copies per year. One copy a year for every 20,000 Americans? Somewhere, IT is having a good laugh, and getting ready.

How many of you guys have read her work? (Believe me, you should.)

104 thoughts on “Madeleine L’Engle, RIP

  1. Oh my god, I can’t believe it! Madeleine L’Engle was the first author whose book I loved so much that I looked up other things they’d written to read. She was the person who made me a dreamer, and I haven’t gone a day without reading since then.

    The world has suffered a great loss with her death.

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