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Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L'Engle in Many Voices

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ISBN13: 9780374298975
ISBN10: 0374298971
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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.

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"In this insightful biography of beloved children's book author Madeline L'Engle (A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newberry Medal), Marcus (Minders of Make-Believe) draws upon dozens of interviews with those who knew L'Engle personally and professionally, as well as with representatives of 'the thousands of students, teachers, librarians, aspiring writers, neighbors and others who crossed her path.' The result is both impressionistic and satisfyingly complex. One topic of concern is the spiritual aspect of L'Engle's work, which often got her books banned. We also get a window into her working habits, which included banging away on her grand piano. One of her editors at FSG recalls that 'if you didn't pick your words right, you might end up with a whole new revision on your desk twenty-two minutes later.' Throughout, L'Engle appears both remarkably generous and intensely private. For those who read L'Engle during childhood, this book will serve as a valuable companion to the stories they cherish. Photos. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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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 enthralling woman.

About the Author

Leonard S. Marcus is one of the worlds leading writers about childrens books and the people who create them. His own award-winning books include Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's LiteratureMaurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work; and The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Jean Mittelstaedt, January 25, 2013 (view all comments by Jean Mittelstaedt)
What a fun read! As a writing teacher, I emphasize the importance of primary sources with my students, and Marcus' book is a perfect example of that. He interviews people who knew L'Engle, including family, friends, mentees, colleagues, fans, and everybody in between. This is about as balanced a portrait of a person that one can get. And given Marcus' attention to detail and passion for the history of books and writers, he is an excellent choice to assemble this material.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374298975
Author:
Marcus, Leonard S. (edt)
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
Marcus, Leonard S.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
Children's Literature
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 Black-and-White Illustrations/Note on
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this insightful biography of beloved children's book author Madeline L'Engle (A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newberry Medal), Marcus (Minders of Make-Believe) draws upon dozens of interviews with those who knew L'Engle personally and professionally, as well as with representatives of 'the thousands of students, teachers, librarians, aspiring writers, neighbors and others who crossed her path.' The result is both impressionistic and satisfyingly complex. One topic of concern is the spiritual aspect of L'Engle's work, which often got her books banned. We also get a window into her working habits, which included banging away on her grand piano. One of her editors at FSG recalls that 'if you didn't pick your words right, you might end up with a whole new revision on your desk twenty-two minutes later.' Throughout, L'Engle appears both remarkably generous and intensely private. For those who read L'Engle during childhood, this book will serve as a valuable companion to the stories they cherish. Photos. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , 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 enthralling woman.
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