“A Wrinkle in Time” is a fantasy novel written by American writer Madeleine L'Engle and was first published in 1962. After being rejected by over 30 publishers, it went on to win the 1962 Newbery Medal for children's fiction. The book is often considered one of the most beloved of all children and young adult novels, second only to E.B. White's “Charlotte's Web.” Today there are more than 10 million copies in print.
L'Engle, much like Meg Murry, her main character, was an unsuccessful and unpopular student at the boarding schools she attended, and retreated into books and writing. She graduated with honors from Smith College in 1941, and although she had always dreamed of becoming a writer, her early success was as an actress in New York City. L'Engle married actor Hugh Franklin and they moved to a farmhouse in Connecticut to raise a family. Never giving up writing, she began writing “A Wrinkle in Time” after a cross-country trip in 1959, through the arid regions of the western states.
“A Wrinkle in Time's” major themes revolve around the battle of good against evil and the power of love over hate. Universal salvation is also introduced in the book, as the children name not only Jesus, but also Buddha, artists, scientists, philosophers, and philanthropists as good forces in the battle against evil. Conformity, the status quo, communism and totalitarian regimes are seen as forces of evil. L'Engle creatively blends themes of magic, folklore, science fiction, Christianity, and quantum physics.
Despite the book's success, “A Wrinkle in Time,” has been one of the most frequently banned books in schools and libraries. Some Christians attack the book for its theme of universal salvation, while at the same time secular critics dismiss the book for being too religious.
During her career as an author, Madeleine L'Engle wrote more than 60 books and won numerous awards before her death in 2007. “A Wrinkle in Time” has recently been made into a Walt Disney film starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Chris Pine.
The Knox County Library has this and many other books by L'Engle. Titles that the library may not have are available through our inter-library loan service. Her granddaughters have just published a biography titled, “Becoming Madeleine.”
The library is located at 502 N. Seventh St. and the telephone number is 812-886-4380. You may also visit the library online at kcpl.lib.in.us.