Novelist and essayist Madeleine L'Engle dies at 88

One of the most banned writers
Madeleine L’Engle, a best-selling author of children’s works that merged the worlds of fantasy, science fiction and spirituality—and in the process raised the ire of some religious conservatives—has died at the age of 88.

L’Engle’s death on September 6 in Litchfield, Connecticut, was announced by her publisher, Farrar, Straus & Giroux. She was perhaps best known as the author of A Wrinkle of Time, a children’s fantasy that has sold some 8 million copies. It has also been the subject of repeated attempts at censorship by public libraries and schools.

While many saw the book as having a deep spiritual message—that the power of love is stronger than the power of hate—some critics termed the book “unchristian” for its depiction of witches and mysterious spiritual elements, making L’Engle one of the most banned writers in the United States, according to some surveys.


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