Off the Shelf: Madeleine L’Engle’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

If you’re like me (frightening thought, I know), you were entranced by Madeleine L’Engle’s masterpiece, the Newbery Medal winning A Wrinkle in Time as a child. If you have not read it you certainly must. If your children haven’t read it then ground them until they do.

Back in my days at Piety Hill as an assistant to Russell Kirk, Annette Kirk (or as Dr. Kirk dubbed her, ‘She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed’) was attending an event where Madeleine L’Engle was speaking. For whatever reason, I couldn’t go, but I very much wanted to have a copy of A Wrinkle in Time signed. This was before the Internet and Amazon.com, so I had to settle for the paperback copy I could find at the bookshop in Grand Rapids. Annette graciously did the leg work of having my copy signed.

Far from a first edition–simply a mass paperback–this signed copy is a treasure to me. I keep it tucked away with my ‘good books’ in the barrister.

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of A Wrinkle in Time. Madeleine L’Engle, who passed away in 2007, would have been 94 years old today.

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