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Madeleine L'Engle
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    (November 29, 1918-September 6, 2007)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Birth name was Madeleine L'Engle Camp
    Wrote 60 books, including 'A Wrinkle in Time' (1962), 'The Arm of the Starfish' (1965), 'A Wind in the Door' (1973), 'Dragons in the Water' (1976), 'A Swiftly Tilting Planet' (1978), 'A House Like a Lotus' (1984), 'Many Waters' (1986) and 'An Acceptable Time' (1989)
    Her parents disagreed about how to educate her, with the result that she attended numerous boarding schools and had several governesses.
    'A Wrinkle in Time' received 26 rejections from publishers who felt it did not quite qualify as either a children's or adults' novel.
    She incorporated traumatic events from her children's lives into her books, while editing out her own troubles.
    She has suggested that 'we're all a little psychic.'
    She said, 'I sometimes think God is a shit -- and he wouldn't be worth it otherwise. He's much more interesting when he's a shit.'
    She and her husband adopted the seven-year-old daughter of family friends who had died.
    'A Wrinkle in Time' won the Newberry Award for outstanding book for children.
    She was seriously injured in an automobile accident (1991), but recovered to visit Antarctica the next year.
    She said the TV movie adaptation of 'A Wrinkle in Time' lived up to her expectations: 'I expected it to be bad, and it is.'
    She said that Christian fundamentalists who object to her books 'want a closed system and I want an open system.'

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