UPDATE: My Madeline L’Engle “Project”

One of my writing goals for 2021 was to read everything by Madeline L’Engle and as much as I could about her. I started in January 2021 with Becoming Madeline, a biography, written by her granddaughters. (See review on PWR.) The biography ended with the publication of A Wrinkle in Time, because, as her granddaughters pointed out, L’Engle had written an autobiography, A Circle of Quiet. I recall that I read it years ago, but don’t remember much of what was in it, so I plan to re-read it SOON!

After Becoming Madeline, I re-read A Wrinkle in Time, the graphic novel version of it,

To determine how many times I’ve read A Wrinkle in Time, take two language arts blocks per year times 7 years, the number of years I taught 6th grade and…
These two covers are my favorites, and I have owned (and worn out) both versions.
This is the graphic novel, excellently done by Hope Larson, which I read this year.

I also enjoyed the second book in the series, A Wind in the Door, and came to love Charles Wallace as much as I loved Meg in the first book.

I re-read the second book as well.

As of today 3/7/21, I am finishing the third book, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, a first-time read.

This has been a very timely read for such an old book.

I thought this was the “time travel” or “Wallace family” series of books, but with a bit of research, I happily discovered the series is a quintet!

Here are two excellent quotes by Madeline L’Engle:

This is what I hope to re-read next.

An amazing woman, and one of my “heroes.”

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

6 thoughts on “UPDATE: My Madeline L’Engle “Project””

  1. I love Madeleine L’Engle too. I need to get all of her books. I’m looking forward to buying and reading the biographies of her. There are a number of wonderful quotes attributed to her.
    Here are two of my favourite quotes from her:
    “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.”
    ― Madeleine L’Engle

    “Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find truth.”
    ― Madeleine L’Engle

    It’s so nice to know we have another author in common.


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  2. Madeleine came to my college campus to speak at a writer’s conference in the early 1970s, and returned several years later to teach a two-week summer course in creative writing. I learned a lot from her, and as a bonus, I have many personally autographed copies of her books. 🙂

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