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On Madeleine L’Engle

Beloved children’s author Madeleine L’Engle, whose many award-winning novels included A WRINKLE IN TIME and A RING OF ENDLESS LIGHT, died late last week at the age of 88, and many – myself included – mourned her loss. Keith Call, special collections assistant at Wheaton College in Illinois, which has a collection of L’Engle’s papers, told the Associated Press he considers her the female counterpart of science fiction author Ray Bradbury because people loved her personally as much as they loved her books. “She was tremendously important initially as a children’s book author, and then as she wrote meditative Christian essays, that sort of expanded her audience,” he said. “She spoke exactly the way she wrote, very elegant, no nonsense, crisp, and deeply spiritual.”

Other obituaries and tributes come by way of the New York Times, Monica Hesse at the Washington Post, Scott Westerfield at NY Mag, Barbara Karkabi at the Houston Chronicle, Michael Melcher at the Huffington Post, and many more.

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