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September 7th, 2007


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11:48 am - Author Madeleine L'Engle has died
I've been too busy at work this morning to post anything about this, but here's a link to her obituary in The New York Times.

I'm saddened by this--aside from Tolkien, L'Engle may have been my most influential childhood author. I was a lot like Meg Murry, even more (in some ways) like Vicky Austin, and L'Engle's work spoke to me powerfully and more clearly about things like death (Arm of the Starfish, A Ring of Endless Light), the choice to trust (The Young Unicorns), and the power of love (Meet the Austins, A Wrinkle in Time, and others) than I would have learned just by living life on my own.

Her books on writing and her essays on spiritual topics got me interested in seriously pursuing writing myself, helped me to understand the interconnectedness of my faith and my art, and drew me into an understanding of older church traditions and holy days that I had never encountered in my modern church. (It's her fault entirely that I attended and loved an Anglican church while I was at university.)

I always meant to write to her, to let her know how much everything she wrote spoke to me, to tell her how amazed I was at her candid words and the grace and personal longing to love that fills everything she put to paper.

May Our Lord welcome her into His presence with joy, and may He remind us how rarely we get a gift like Madeleine.
Current Mood: sadsad

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From:ladybrick
Date:September 7th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
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I hadn't heard about this :( The world is a poorer place after yesterday's passings.
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 7th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
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This is the second reference I've heard to this...who else died yesterday? If it's someone in a field I don't frequent, I may not have heard yet; I tend to stay off news sites unless necessary.
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From:ladybrick
Date:September 7th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
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Pavarotti also died yesterday.
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From:amberdulen
Date:September 7th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
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What? Noooo!
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 7th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
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That was my initial reaction, too!
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From:persephone_kore
Date:September 7th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
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Oh. ...I loved her stories. And this was a very graceful and beautiful eulogy for her.
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 7th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
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There are better one on LJ as of this moment...check out curtana's remembrance. Perfect for Madeleine.
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 7th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
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If I wasn't at work and thus a tiny bit inhibited, I would have been openly crying when I wrote this post. I imagine I may cry, later.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:September 8th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
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Oh. Oh. She shall be terribly missed.
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 10th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
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She shall, indeed.
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From:lizamanynames
Date:September 8th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
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I always meant to write to her, to let her know how much everything she wrote spoke to me, to tell her how amazed I was at her candid words and the grace and personal longing to love that fills everything she put to paper.

If it makes you feel any better, I think she knows now.
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 10th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
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I imagine she does. I hope to see her someday, still, and tell her in person. :-)
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From:astrogirl2
Date:September 8th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
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Oh, man. :( I loved A Wrinkle in Time when I was a kid. I got a copy when I was nine, and I read it over and over and over, until the cover fell off. That book did special things to me, too.
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 10th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
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The first book of hers I encountered was the sequel to Wrinkle: A Wind in the Door. I did exactly the same thing, read and reread it until the covers fell right off.

It was only later that I realized how much it had changed me, not just entertained me.
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From:tomh1138
Date:September 8th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
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Wow. I hadn't heard about either L'Engle or Pavarotti. What's up with the news sites? They've been so quiet on this.

I think of the scene in The Great Divorce where Lewis was in heaven and got to talk to George McDonald, his writing hero. I look forward to doing the same with Lewis. And I'm sure you can look forward to doing the same with Madeline.

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