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Subject: Death of Madeleine L'Engle
Date Posted: 9/7/2007 2:51 PM ET
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Please excuse my cross posting, I was not sure which forum was appropriate for this, but Madeleine L'Engle died today at age 88.  No doubt many of us here grew up reading "A Wrinkle in Time" and similar tales; she will be missed.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070907/ap_on_re_us/obit_l_engle_2;_ylt=AvJ2xw5R8ei8YV6JkheVFUoE1vAI

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 5:25 PM ET
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That is really sad! I always enjoyed her books.
Date Posted: 9/9/2007 4:34 PM ET
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I loved her books, that is a great loss to the book world!

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 10:42 AM ET
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Thanks for posting this! I hadn't heard the news.....

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 11:41 AM ET
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This is very sad news. I didn't read her books but it is always said to lose someone who was so creative.

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 11:43 AM ET
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Yep, she's a great writer, and a personal inspiration to me (for her persistence in getting her books sold, rather than trying to conform to what the marketers wanted her to write!).  She will be missed.

Date Posted: 9/20/2007 10:55 PM ET
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My mom recommended A Wrinkle In Time to me when I was starting with more 'adult' books.  It was one of her favorites from her youth. I loved the story, and am looking forward to sharing it with my daughter. I think she was the first author that I read multiple books from.

I'm so glad she was able to share her gift with all of us.

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 12:24 AM ET
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Oh my- so she's gone! A bright light is now somewhere else in the universe (multiverse! she might have said). I've been out of the country for a couple of months. She was very tall, over 6' and looked a lot like my mother-in-law. She hated showers and held out for a bath tub wherever she stayed on lecture tour or at multi-day workshops. I knew she'd been unwell for quite a while. I would see her form time to time at celebrations and festivals at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City. She was the cathedral librarian for years. When in town, she lived only a few blocks away from the Cathedral Close. The last time I saw her at St John's she was on wheels but happy to be there. I heard from her neighbors in CT that she preferred the country as her illness progressed. I was fortunate enough to take a writers' workshop and retreat led by M. L'E. at the Episcopal Bendictine Monastery of the Holy Cross in Hyde Park, NY 15 years ago. I was the only painter. In life she was married to Hugh Franklin, an actor, who played the role of the doctor in an early soap "All My Children" which I never saw but others loved. The Wrinkle in Time series was followed by quite alot of young adult lit and mystical/devotional guidance/autobiography which sustained me through twenty years of child rearing and several moves. Madeleine L'Engle's insights and compassion will continue to comfort and challenge us for a few more generations I should think. Au revoir, Granny Annie