Known for movies

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DiedSeptember 6, 2007, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
SpouseHugh Franklin
FactL'Engle has published adult fiction, plays, poetry, essays, memoirs, and religious contemplations, but she is best known for her children's novels.

Madeleine L’Engle was born on November 29, 1918, in New York City. Her parents were both writers and her father was also an actor. She had two brothers, one of whom died when he was a child. L’Engle was educated at a number of schools, including the Brearley School and the Chapin School. She went on to study at Smith College, where she majored in English.

L’Engle began her writing career while still a student, publishing her first poem when she was just 18 years old. After college, she worked as a journalist and editor for a number of publications, including Vogue and McCall’s. She also wrote several plays which were produced off-Broadway. In 1942, she married actor Hugh Franklin. The couple had three children together.

L’Engle’s first novel, “The Small Rain”, was published in 1945. It was followed by “The Joyous Season” (1949) and “A Winter’s Love” (1957). However, it was her science fiction novel “A Wrinkle in Time” (1962) which brought her international fame. The book won the Newbery Medal and has been adapted for stage and screen on several occasions.

L’Engle continued to write throughout her life, publishing more than 60 books in total. She died on September 6, 2007, at the age of 88.

L’Engle was a prolific writer who enjoyed success both with her adult fiction and her children’s books. She won numerous awards for her work, including the Newbery Medal, and her novel “A Wrinkle in Time” has been adapted for stage and screen on several occasions.

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Full NameMadeleine L'Engle
DiedSeptember 6, 2007, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
ProfessionAuthor, Poet, Screenwriter, Novelist
EducationSmith College, Ashley Hall


SpouseHugh Franklin
ChildrenBion Franklin, Maria Franklin, Josephine Franklin
ParentsWadsworth Camp, Madeleine Camp


AwardsJohn Newbery Medal, World Fantasy Award—Life Achievement, Regina Medal, Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature, National Book Award for Children's Books (Paperback)
NominationsKids’ Choice Award for Favorite Book, Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Graphic Novels & Comics
MoviesCamilla Dickinson, A Wrinkle in Time, A Ring of Endless Light

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1I never write for any age group in mind. When people do, they tend to be......condescending, and they don't write as well as they can write. When you underestimate your audience, you're cutting yourself off from your best work.
2You 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.


1Upon her death, her remains were interred at the Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine in New York City.
2Mother of Josephine, Maria, and Bion.
3She wrote "A Wrinkle in Time" after becoming interested in Einstein's theories on the nature of time. Some of her other books include scientific references, such as tesseracts and mitochondrial DNA.
4She attended Smith College and published her first short stories while in college.
5After her wedding, she and her husband moved to an old farmhouse in Connecticut; he ran a general store while L'Engle wrote.
6Daughter of Wadsworth Camp.
7Recipient of a 2004 National Humanities Medal, awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA). At the November 2004 ceremony, granddaughter Charlotte Jones accepted the medal on her behalf.
8L'Engle has published adult fiction, plays, poetry, essays, memoirs, and religious contemplations, but she is best known for her children's novels.
9L'Engle published her most famous and probably most beloved book, "A Wrinkle in Time," in 1962. The book was rejected 26 times before the New York company of Farrar, Straus bought it.



A Wrinkle in Time2018novel filming
Camilla Dickinson2012novel / screenplay
A Wrinkle in Time2003TV Movie novel
A Ring of Endless Light2002TV Movie novel


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