Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L'Engle in Many Voices
Title: Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L'Engle in Many Voices
Author: Leonard S. Marcus
“I just finished Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L’Engle in Many Voices, which contains interviews of people who knew the author Madeleine L’Engle and/or made a connection with her in person or through her books. The interviews were collected and edited by children’s literature historian Leonard S. Marcus, and he did a wonderful job of showing the complexity of examining a person’s life and legacy. However you feel about Madeleine L’Engle and her work, the interviews offer an insightful look at L’Engle, those who knew her, and how we construct ourselves and others.”
—Dawn at KDL’s Gaines Township brach
Amazon Description: Writer. Matriarch. Mentor. Friend. Icon.Madeleine L’Engle is perhaps best recognized as the author of A Wrinkle in Time, the enduring milestone work of fantasy fiction that won the 1963 John Newbery Medal for excellence in children’s literature and has enthralled millions of readers for the past fifty years. But to those who knew her well, L’Engle was much more besides: a larger-than-life persona, an inspiring mentor, a strong-willed matriarch, a spiritual guide, and a rare friend. In Listening for Madeleine, the renowned literary historian and biographer Leonard S. Marcus reveals Madeleine L’Engle in all her complexity, through a series of incisive interviews with the people who knew her most intimately. Vivid reminiscences of family members, colleagues, and friends create a kaleidoscope of keen insights and snapshop moments that help readers to understand the many sides of this singularly fascinating woman.