How fitting that a library was her favorite writing spot. When I think of her wonderful book A Wrinkle in Time, I can distinctly remember the corner of my small local library, bottom shelf, where I discovered the gem during my grade school years. Strange, the sometimes insignificant things the brain holds onto as memorable.
In the 1960s, a few years after the publication of A Wrinkle in Time, L’Engle, looking for a quiet place to work, sought permission to write in the Cathedral’s library. In an unpublished fragment of writing from around 1985, read by Voiklis at the dedication ceremony, L’Engle described how her relationship with the library came about.
via Madeleine L’Engle’s Beloved Writing Spot Named Literary Landmark.
Many thanks, Mike. You’ve inspried a post for my own website. (I’m long overdue for one.) My wife’s undergraduate recital was an hour-long performance of A Wrinkle In Time. She loved the book. And what writer doesn’t know the opening line: It was a dark and stormy night. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that work. There’s two other time books: Many Waters (1986), and An Acceptable Time (1989).During the Cold War years, I was reading spy novels that ignited my desire to write. One that stood out was The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, by John le Carre (pen name for David Cornwell). He’s still writing, and while I certainly don’t like some of his content, his craft is worth studying. Of his old novels, I’d recommend the George Smiley trilogy: (1) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2)The Honorable Schoolboy, (3) Smiley’s People. Of his modern works, I think the best is The Constant Gardener.Here’s three other l’Engle quotes (which you may see in my post!): Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it. We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts. The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been. Thank you again for igniting our thinking.
Seems like a good topic to me. Looking forward to more blog posts from you!
I liked reading L’Engle’s books that chronicled how and where she wrote.