In Googling A Wrinkle in Time to figure out the name of the planet Camazotz, I came across the news that Madeleine L'Engle had left this world just days ago.
I know few details of her life, but if her books speak much about her--and art always does speak of the soul that creates it--she was a woman of both great intellect and great heart.
A Wrinkle in Time and its sequel, A Wind in the Door, have few equals among young-adult fiction for spirited characters and beautifully dramatized truth. Meg's work as a Namer in the second book, at the time I read it, taught me as brilliantly as does the courage in Rowling's stories.
Mrs. L'Engle has gone, I am sure, to a better place--but will be missed here.
This is the first I'm hearing about this. That's very sad. The only book of hers that I ever read was A Wrinkle In Time (when I was 10 years old) but it made a huge impression on me.
So much did I love A Wrinkle In Time that the very first time that Lisa came with me to visit my parents in Reidsville, I bought her a copy at a bookstore in Greensboro one night before we went to see a movie. She read it and loved it too.
Just posted on my blog about her passing. I have friends who got to meet her a few times. It would have been wonderful to have met her because they said she was an incredible woman.