50 Years of A Wrinkle in Time
I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time about — dating myself — 35 years ago and how much I loved this Newbery winning chapter book and this author. It was as if entire worlds opened up for me; suddenly science was something mysterious and exciting, as it should be, not something to toil over and memorize.
And yet, I had only a fuzzy recollection of the plot. Much like a dream when you wake up and know that you’ve just had the most pleasant dream ever but can’t remember anything but just the feeling it gave you.
So I really enjoyed the re-read over the December break and fifty years since its publication, the story is as compelling, mind-expanding, suspenseful, and engaging as it was for me more than three decades ago. Is it because it’s a tale of a classic theme of good versus evil; light against dark? No, there is so much more to this book. Madeleine L’Engle is not just a great storyteller, but a scientist, dreamer, and philosopher.
Why is it that tales of epic battles against Evil/darkness/chaos rivet us so? Is it the state of our human condition? Or are we actually continually locked in a battle against some kind of omnipotent Evil that is the cause for human suffering? Is this the only way we can explain war?
And furthermore, is it possible that our blue planet is shadowed by evil that threatens to take over? If you enter the world of Madeleine L’Engle, anything is possible and plausible.
Here’s another hypothesis: she is simply one who resists IT — a.k.a. The Great Darkness, Evil, the devil. Perhaps she’s a Chosen One. It would not be a far cry in the world of Madeleine L’Engle and, I, for one am glad for her and for it. (Not IT).
“… some of our very best fighters have come right from your own planet, and it’s a little planet, dears, out on the edge of a little galaxy. You can be proud that it’s done so well.
“Who have our fighters been?” Calvin asked.
“Oh, you must know them, dear,” Mrs. Whatsit said.”
… Jesus, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Bach, Louis Pasteur, Madame Curie, Einstein, Schweitzer, Gandhi, Buddha, Beethoven, Rembrandt, St. Francis, Euclid, and Copernicus.
For those who want to explore more deeply the pantheon of great people in history that are listed in A Wrinkle in Time, They Stood Alone: 25 Men and Women Who Made a Difference by Sandra McLeod Humphrey is a great non-fiction tie it. Many of these 25 are the “fighters” mentioned above: Leonardo da Vinci, Nicolaus Copernicus, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and Mahatma Gandhi. Coincidence? Are there coincidences in the world of L’Engle??
And what is remarkable about the 50 year anniversary of A Wrinkle in Time is how it has stood the test of time. My oldest, now a 6th grader, has recently discovered this chapter book and loved it much as I did 35 years ago. Such is the power of parental love. Madeleine L’Engle knows all about that too.
The Quintet Boxed Set:
A WRINKLE IN TIME 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
The 50th Anniversary Commemorative edition features:
- Frontispiece photo*†
- Photo scrapbook with approximately 10 photos*†
- Manuscript pages*†
- Letter from 1963 Caldecott winner, Ezra Jack Keats*†
- New introduction by Katherine Paterson, US National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature †
- New afterword by Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Voiklis including six never-before-seen photos †
- Murry-O’Keefe family tree with new artwork †
- Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery acceptance speech
* Unique to this edition † never previously published
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p.p.s. Here’s the blog tour schedule:
Week 1: Revisiting A Wrinkle In Time
January 16 -20
There’s A Book
I Swim For Oceans
The Story Siren
Week 2: Sharing A Wrinkle In Time
January 23 – 27
Hi Miss Julie
5 Minutes For Books
Lost in the Library
Week 3: Characters in A Wrinkle In Time
January 30 – February 3
S. Krishna’s Books
Week 4: Expressions of A Wrinkle In Time
February 6 – February 10
Word For Teens
Week 5: Reading A Wrinkle In Time for the First Time
February 13 – 17
I Just Wanna Sit Here And Read
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