The Tesseract: A Madeleine L'Engle Bibliography in 5 Dimensions



Please read this first:


 You can't email Madeleine L'Engle through this website. Madeleine L'Engle is deceased.


Hi, I'm Karen Funk Blocher. I built this website to help Madeleine L'Engle's readers figure out what books they want to read or buy for their collections, and where to get them. This website can also be helpful to people with questions about Madeleine L'Engle herself and students with papers to write. BUT: I'm NOT here to help you get out of reading a book for school, or to write part of your paper for you!

If you have questions about Madeleine L'Engle or her books, please explore this website before you email me your questions. There are lots of links in the table of contents below to help you find what you need. Most of the questions I receive are already answered on the FAQ page. If you want basic information about the novels in each series and in what order to read them, start with my novels page. Another major resource is Wikipedia. For various reasons, nearly all of my recent writing about Madeleine L'Engle has been concentrated there.

If after you read this website you still have a couple of specific questions for me, you can email me through a link at the bottom of this page, and I'll answer if I can--eventually. (You'll get a faster response from my main email address of mavarin at aol.com.) Thanks, God bless you, and enjoy!

Karen

speaking of ways, pet, by the way, there IS such a thing as a tesseract.

 

Contents

(sections in red are not yet written)

News: Madeleine L'Engle, 1918-2007



First off, my apologies for not updating this page when Madeleine L'Engle died on September 6, 2007. Since changing computers I have not had an adequate HTML editor, plus I've had a series of personal crises, including the sudden collapse of the company I worked for and my dog's cancer. I actually did update the mavarin.com version of this page recently, but not the old AOL one. When I tried to update both in early January 2008, WordPad deleted the first half of this web page, and I managed to wipe out every recent version I had of the complete page, including the online ones. Thank heaven for Google cache!
Here is a late 2007 update from www.madeleinelengle.com:

Our heartfelt thanks to all who attended Madeleine's memorial service at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City on the 28th, both in person and in spirit. It was a lovely and moving service. For those of you asking if the service was filmed, it was, but not by us. We will keep you posted on what becomes of the recording.

Madeleine L'Engle's granddaughters will be reading excerpts from her work at a new Children's Reading Series, hosted by New York's 92nd Street Y!

If you're in the New York area next weekend, we welcome you to attend A Wrinkle in Time at 45. Here are the details: Saturday, December 15, 2007, 1:00pm
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
(directions)

The event is $10 and does not have reserved seating.

Older Madeleine L'Engle News


There was a profile of Madeleine L'Engle in The New Yorker in early April 2004.  It was upsetting to some fans because it offered a very different perspective on the writer's life and family relationships than those seen in her books. I don't want to take sides on this issue in these pages, except to point out that many of L'Engle's own characters, especially in her later books, are basically good but flawed and damaged people. We should allow real people to be as complex as the fictional ones.

An even more recent interview appeared in Newsweek and online in mid-May 2004.

Also in 2004,  Madeleine L'Engle was honored by President George W. Bush with a National Humanities Medal.  She was unable to attend the ceremony, but granddaughter Charlotte Jones accepted it on her behalf.


Madeleine L'Engle-Related Films

(Last updated: 4/15/05)

Yes, I know: I've let this page get terribly out of date. 

A Wrinkle in Time

Disney's 3 hour adaptation of  A Wrinkle in Time finally aired Monday, May 10th, 2004 on the ABC program The Wonderful World of Disney.  It is now available on DVD.  Would I buy it?  Well, I did, but for at least a year I never actually opened and watched the DVD.  That should tell you something about my opinion of it.

Over the years, Madeleine L'Engle has retained the film rights to all her books, refusing to let anyone make a film of, for example, A Wrinkle in Time, until someone wrote a script that met with her approval. Various screenwriters have tried and failed to do this; apparently most of them just didn't "get it." They did not understand what the book was about. The fact that L'Engle allowed this production tells me that she probably felt that this particular group of filmmakers did understand the story, or she realized that she was running out of opportunities to see it made in her lifetime, or both.  Interestingly,  www.madeleinelengle.com never got around to listing the air date, and a New York Times News Service press release said that L'Engle was declining to comment on the finished product. However, in a new interview with Newsweek (mid-May 2004), she says, "I expected it to be bad, and it is." Ouch!

From everything I've read over the past several years, however, the makers of the tv movie were passionate about making the best film/tv adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time that they possibly could. Nor was it just another property to them. It's a project at least one of the producers has been wanting to for many years, perhaps even decades.

The film won the 2003 Best Feature Film Award at the Toronto Children's Film Festival.  It was filmed in Canada, principally Vancouver and Whistler, in 2000-2001.  As early as September, 2001, a trailer for it appeared  on the Spy Kids VHS and DVD releases.  That trailer was very different from what eventually aired.  Similarly, most of the press releases for it mentioned Meg's father's "partner" in the tesseract project, Hank.  The character is briefly mentioned on page 167 of the book as a co-worker at the lab, who drew the short straw and tessered first.  The aired version of the movie, mercifully, doesn't mention him.  One variation between the book and the movie that didn't get changed to be more canonical is in the first names of Meg's parents.  In the movie, they're Jack and Dana.  As revealed in the L'Engle book An Acceptable Time, their names should have been Alexander (Alex) and Katherine (Kate). 

That's just the tip of the iceberg of differences between the book and the movie.  There are scenes added, scenes subtracted, scenes moved around.  Most of the dialogue is very different, and the movie updates the 1962 book with contemporary slang and references to the Web. I think, however, that we must accept that this isn't a word-for-word adaptation of this wonderful book, and never could be for dramatic, cinematic and other reasons. The film Mary Poppins isn't much like the books, but it's a truly great film anyway. No two versions of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (radio, books, TV, and LP record) have quite the same plot, but they're all great. So we must take the movie of A Wrinkle in Time on its own terms, and decide whether it works.

On the whole, I think it does.  It's not the greatest tv movie ever made, but it's well-cast, visually impressive, and reasonably satisfying in terms of story and characters.  Some points are made all too obvious, while others are passed over, and a few of the characters, most notably Mrs Which, aren't the people we know from the books.  But most of the characters are recognizably themselves, even if they don't say quite the same things; and the themes of the book remain more or less intact, even if the incidents that convey them are different from the original. The filmmakers made highly unexpected choices in casting the Mrs Ws, making them much younger and prettier than I ever pictured them being. But that's okay. They're good actresses, and they all did interesting things with their highly reinterpreted roles.


Two other recent screen projects are as follows:

A Ring of Endless Light

(Updated: 3/22/03)

A Ring of Endless Light premiered on the Disney Channel August 23, 2002 at 8 pm Eastern/Pacific, as a made for tv movie. Disney Channel original movies typically premiere on a Friday with back to back airings, are shown again the following night, and are repeated on an irregular basis after that. The most popular ones even get released on video in some cases. I have to say I was more than a little disappointed by this tv movie, which took the "safe" parts of the book (Vicky and Adam and dolphin communication, mostly), cut out most of the gloom and doom (no dead Commander Rodney, no Jeb, no sick little girl in ER, no sparrows in danger) and added on a save-the-dolphins plot that's previously appeared, more or less, in at least one other Disney production. Still, the cast was very good, and there are bits of pieces of the "real" characters and themes among the fluff. I guess I should have known that Disney wouldn't start with a book that is mostly about death and take it to the small screen intact. (*Sigh*)

Mischa Barton (an alumnus of All My Children, who also appeared in the 1999 film The Sixth Sense) stars as Vicky Austin, the girl who can communicate with dolphins. Its producer, Martha Wheelock of Ishtar Films, was also producer on her video biography, Madeleine L'Engle: Star*Gazer. Bruce Graham wrote the screenplay, and Greg Beeman directed.

The following was written by me before the movie first aired. I still agree with most of it:

The Disney Channel movie apparently has Vicky, Adam, and even Zach trying to save dolphins from villainous fishermen using illegal drift nets. Uh, excuse me, but that's not in the book I read! Still, if Madeleine L'Engle approved the addition this ecologically uplifting plot complication, then I'm prepared to give the Zoog Movie a fair chance. After all, environmentally-aware themes appear in several of L'Engle's books, including The Arm of the Starfish, which introduced the ever-popular Adam. I have to wonder, however, whether all this zug about drift nets is a substitution for some or all of the human deaths and impending deaths that form the heart of the original book. I was thinking just before the promos turned up that the novel as written is a little heavy for Disney. They may have had to tone down the omnipresent death angle and build up the dolphin angle to get the movie made at all. A dolphins-in-danger story has got to be a much easier sell for teen/tween-oriented cable than a story about a girl who is positively surrounded by death during one long, difficult summer. Still, if the filmmakers get even part of the death angle in, and are reasonably true to these characters, then all will be forgiven, at least by me. The producer-director has a longstanding acquaintance with Madeleine L'Engle, having previously made a documentary about her, so it's probable (especially given the author's history of protecting her books from being adapted badly for film) that L'Engle approved the changed story. If the story's author approves, then who am I to quibble?

I will say that I'm pleased with the casting. I'm not familiar with Mischa Barton, but I looked her up in the Internet Movie Database and she's the right age. Scarlett Pomers (Naomi Wildman on Star Trek: Voyager) looks great as younger sister Suzy Austin. I'm a little dubious about Zoog movie veteran Ryan Merriman (Smart House, The Luck of the Irish) as Adam Eddington, but I'm willing to be convinced. He's cute as heck as a reluctant teenaged leprechaun in The Luck of the Irish, and I'm interested in seeing how he handles the more serious role of Adam. On the other hand, I have no reservations at all about Jared Padalecki playing Zachary Gray. He positively smoulders as the sometime boyfriend on The Gilmore Girls, and has a dark, rebellious, slightly vulnerable look that's perfect for bad boy Zach. James Whitmore, Sr., best known for his one-man shows as Will Rogers, should be suitably wise as Grandfather Eaton. As for Soren Futon, who plays Rob, I know nothing about him as an actor, but recently read that he donates money from his acting to fighting leprosy. Sounds like something Rob Austin might do!

Here are several links for more info :

IMDb: A Ring of Endless Light (TV)

mischabarton.net

The Official Scarlett Pomers Home page - Latest News

Ishtar Films

This has not been released on video to date.  If Disney does release it in the fullness of time, it will undoubtedly be listed on amazon.com

Madeleine L'Engle: Star*Gazer

This half-hour, direct to video documentary is a really cool thing for fans and teachers alike. It was produced and directed by Martha Wheelock, and narrated by Julie Harris. I believe it dates back to 1990, but I only found out about it in 2001. It is available from

Ishtar Films
11333 Moorpark St #460
Studio City, CA 91602
Phone: (800) 428-7136
Fax (818) 753-0040

Or order it online at Ishtar Films.com. (www.ishtarfilms.com). The cost is $20.00 plus $6.00 shipping.

Many thanks to Charlotte Jones and Martha Wheelock for the updates on the three films and other L'Engle news.



ML'E and Me

by Karen Funk Blocher

I was probably in fifth grade when I first read A Wrinkle in Time.  I think my school librarian recommended it to me, for which I owe her an eternal debt of thanks. It quickly became my favorite book, and all these years later, it still is.

It's easy to see why I loved the book at the time.  Aside from being well-written, intellectually challenging and spiritually uplifting, it starred Meg Murry, a character who could have been me in other circumstances.  I was nearly Meg's age, I was bright, and I didn't fit in with other kids at school, either. In the book, Meg finds unexpected friendship and overcomes extreme difficulties, and maybe the story gave me hope that my life could get better, too.
 

A Wrinkle in Time was also a time travel story of sorts, giving me a taste of what has since become a major interest of mine.  Nearly every work of fiction I've ever deeply cared about, from Star Trek to Doctor Who, Anne McCaffrey's Pern books to the work of James Thurber, Back to the Future to Quantum Leap, has time travel in it somewhere.

When I was a little older, I found one other L'Engle book--and only one--in the card catalogue at Manlius Public Library in Manlius, New York.  It was Ilsa, and it prompted me to visit the downstairs (adult) section of the library for the first time, with special permission from the librarian. I only read about half of Ilsa at the time. Frankly, I didn't like it and wasn't ready for it. I didn't have another opportunity to read the book until 1996.

I still loved the story of Meg and Charles Wallace and Calvin in A Wrinkle in Time, and I liked the few other titles I eventually found at the Fayetteville Free Library.  When I discovered A Wind in the Door in hardback at Logos Books in Syracuse, I bought it eagerly. A Swiftly Tilting Planet  soon followed, and by the time I left college, got married, and moved to Columbus, Ohio, I had several L'Engle hardbacks of my own. I've been going to bookstores (new and used) and library book sales ever since.  I now have 80 L'Engle books, including multiple editions of some titles, plus audio tapes of the Time Trilogy and an interview, three books about Madeleine L'Engle and her work, and five books and six magazines to which L'Engle contributed a foreword, story or essay.

Until recently I had limited interest in the non-fiction titles, but my appreciation for them has grown in recent years, as has my appreciation for the more adult-oriented novels.  Even so, my favorite books of hers are still the ones about the Murrys and Austins and O'Keefes. I particularly enjoy the scope and depth of the world she has built up in her stories, as familiar characters and family names reappear in different books and even different series.  When Canon Tallis or Suzy Austin or Dr. Calvin O'Keefe turns up unexpectedly in one of her books, it's as if an old and dear friend has just appeared on my doorstep.

I've met Madeleine L'Engle exactly once, at a speaking engagement in Columbus, Ohio in the early-to-mid 1980s. She spoke about astronomy and other subjects, and afterward I had a thirty second conversation with her as she signed my copy of A Ring of Endless Light . I asked why Charles Wallace Murry hadn't appeared as an adult in any of her books, and whether that meant he was dead. Her answer was (as I recall): "Charles Wallace is alive and well until I hear otherwise."  One of her books eventually confirmed that Charles Wallace Murry was indeed alive as Poly and Charles O'Keefe were growing up, but was out of contact with the O'Keefes for some mysterious reason. I'd still love to read that story!  Lately I've also been wondering whether the parents of Meg and Charles and Sandy and Dennys had one or more adventures of their own before Meg was born.

Similarly, I've sent just two letters to Madeleine L'Engle all these years, although I've composed many more on paper, on my Mac or in my head.  The first letter I actually sent was about Many Waters. I was deeply disturbed at the time that as scientific a universe as that of the Murrys and O'Keefes could contain a literal Noah and his Ark, even in Earth's distant past. Madeleine promptly sent me a brief but courteous reply, even though (as she informed me) her husband, Hugh Franklin, had just died. I felt badly for having bothered her, albeit unknowingly, at such a time, but her compassion and courtesy only increased my already enormous respect for her, both as a writer and as a person. (My second letter to her, sent in May 2000, thanked her for my many years of enjoyment of her books, and offered my condolences about her son's death.)

Over the years, my collection of L'Engle books has continued to grow, and I've read my way through most of them many times over. Once, when I lost a new job I hated, my first reaction was, "Oh, good. Now I'll have more time to read my L'Engle books." (I did get upset, though, a few seconds later.)  Even when we had to move into a smaller house, and most of my books went into boxes, the L'Engle collection stayed out where I could get at it.

Every time I found a new book for the collection, I used to try to figure out what order to put the books in, and what I still needed, using the lists in the front of the various books as a guide. It didn't work very well. Many of the lists were far from complete, and what kind of book was A Cry Like a Bell, anyway?  So in 1996, I tried to solve this problem by going online, hoping to find a good bibliography so that I'd know what had been published and what sort of book each one was.  I was a little shocked to discover that there did not appear to be a complete listing of Madeleine L'Engle's books anywhere online, at least that the search engines I tried could find.  (I have since learned that there are several major L'Engle sites, although search engines tend not to find them.) I therefore compiled my own listing from various sources, primarily my own book collection, and put the result online myself.

Since then, I've learned a lot, cataloging further titles from the several online sources I failed to find originally, from readers' email, from Amazon.com, and from whatever notes I could scribble at Borders Books & Music or at Barnes & Noble. In addition, through Carole Chase's book, various online sources and readers of this web site, I've learned of many other titles, especially books to which L'Engle contributed only a short story (always "Poor Little Saturday") or a foreword or introduction. As a result, this site is undergoing a series of upgrades, which will probably take me well into 2001 to complete.

About this Web Site

For space reasons, the crossover information (i.e., characters who appear in other books) is sketchy at best in the table below.  A good albeit outdated guide to crossovers and character family trees is found at the beginning of Many Waters. My in-depth bibliography pages by series, accessible from The Novels of Madeleine L'Engle, includes hyperlinked references to many of the major crossover characters. Another fan web site, "Flying Dreams," has an in-depth discussion of both crossover characters and the characters who are related (ancestors, cousins, spouses, etc.) to the characters in other books. See the novels page linked above for a link to this other site. Any additions, corrections, or clarifications will be gratefully accepted. I would also appreciate hearing from book dealers and others who can sell me copies of the out of print titles I still need (the ones listed in maroon).

When this web site is completed, if ever, there will be more specific information on each book's category, binding, ISBN number, publishers, etc., all found on separate pages devoted to particular categories of books. So far I've managed to do this only with the novels. Any help with publisher and binding details will be greatly appreciated, since I do not own every edition of every book, and online bookstores are often less than specific in this respect. My goal is to make this web site as complete and accurate as possible.

Each page about the various fictional series will also eventually include brief biographical sketches of the major characters introduced in the books listed on that page. I've tried to build a master timeline, but it didn't work, given the contradictions and very tenuous clues to the "kairos" and "chronos" in the various books. I have, however, created a list of the approximate order in which the books take place. That can be found on my The Novels of Madeleine L'Engle page.


The Books of Madeleine L'Engle
(in order of original year of publication)

(titles in maroon or blue are ones that I personally don't own--yet!)

Title Published Type About Crossover Characters
18 Washington Square, South: A Comedy in One Act 1944 AP unknown
The Small Rain (aka Prelude*) 1945, 1968 etc. AF Katherine Forrester Felix Bodeway
Dr. Charles Bejart
Ilsa 1946 AF Henry Porcher Renier and Porcher families
And Both Were Young 1949, 1983 (revised) YAF Philippa "Flip" Hunter Dr. Charles Bejart (mentioned)
Camilla Dickinson (aka Camilla) 1951, 1965 (revised) AF Camilla Dickinson Frank Rowan
A Winter's Love 1957, 1983,1997 AF Bowen family Mimi Oppenheimer
Meet the Austins 1960 YAF Austin family
A Wrinkle In Time 1962 YSF Murry family

Calvin O'Keefe

Drs. Shasti & Shen-Shu (mentioned in passing)

The Moon By Night 1963 YAM Austin family Zachary Gray, Leo Rodney
The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas 1964, 1984 CF Austin family
The Arm of the Starfish 1965 YSF Adam Eddington O'Keefe family**, Canon Tallis
(The) Love Letters 1966,
1996 rev.
AF Charlotte Napier
The Journey with Jonah 1967 CP Jonah (the prophet)
The Young Unicorns 1968 YSF Austin family Mr Theotocopoulous, Canon Tallis, Josiah "Dave" Davidson, Emily Gregory
Drs. Shasti & Shen-Shu
Dance in the Desert 1969 BF Jesus
Lines Scribbled On an Envelope 1969 PO poetry
The Other Side of the Sun 1971 AF Stella Renier
A Circle of Quiet 1972 CJ autobiographical Canon Tallis
A Wind in the Door 1973 YSF Murry family
Prayers for Sunday 1974 PR prayers
Everyday Prayers (aka Prayer for Every Day) 1974 PR prayers
The Summer of the Great-Grandmother 1974 CJ autobiographical Canon Tallis
Spirit and Light: Essays in Historical Theology 1976 TE theology Canon Tallis
Dragons in the Waters 1976 YAM Simon Renier, O'Keefe family Mr Theotocopoulous, Canon Tallis, Renier family
The Irrational Season 1977 CJ autobiographical / religious
The Weather of the Heart 1978 PO poetry / religious
A Swiftly Tilting Planet 1978 YSF Murry family
Ladder of Angels: Scenes from the Bible Illustrated by Children of the World 1979 BR,
PO
Bible stories, essays & poems
A Ring of Endless Light 1980 YSF Austin family Adam Eddington, Zachary Gray, Leo Rodney, Katherine Forrester Vigneras
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art 1980 LE literary / religious
The Anti-Muffins 1980 CF Austin family
The Sphinx at Dawn 1982 BF Jesus
A Severed Wasp 1982 AF Katherine Forrester Vigneras Suzy Austin Davidson family, Mimi Oppenheimer, Felix Bodeway, Emily Gregory, Philippa Hunter
And It Was Good: Reflections on Beginnings 1983 BR autobiographical / religious
A House Like a Lotus 1984 YAF O'Keefe family Zachary Gray, Virginia Bowen Porcher, Frank Rowan
Trailing Clouds of Glory: Spiritual Values in Children's Literature (written with Avery Brooke) 1985 LE literary/religious
Dare To Be Creative! 1985 LE lecture at Library of Congress
Separation From The Stars 1986 LE probably a lecture at Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN
A Stone for a Pillow:
Journeys with Jacob
1986 BR autobiographical / biblical
Many Waters 1986 YSF Murry family
A Cry Like a Bell 1987 PO religious / poetry
Two-Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage 1988 CJ autobiographical
Sold Into Egypt: Joseph's Journey Into Human Being 1989 BR autobiographical / biblical Joseph (Old Testament)
An Acceptable Time 1989 YSF O'Keefe family Murry family, Zachary Gray
The Glorious Impossible:
Jesus Christ & His Family (illustrated by Giotto frescoes)
1990 BR biblical
Certain Women 1992 AF Wheaton family Canon Tallis, Charlotte Napier (the latter as a character in a play)
The Rock That is Higher:
Story as Truth
1993 LE literary / religious
Anytime Prayers (revision of Prayer for Everyday) 1994 PR prayers
Troubling a Star 1994 YAM Austin family Adam Eddington
Penguins & Golden
Calves: Icons and Idols
1996 TJ autobiographical / religious
A Live Coal in the Sea 1996 AF Dr. Camilla Dickinson Frank Rowan
Winter Song: Christmas Readings
(Edited by Madeleine L'Engle & Luci Shaw)
1996 LE, PO literary / religious / poetry Austin family (short story)
Glimpses of Grace: Daily Thoughts & Reflections (with Carole F Chase) 1996 CQ inspirational / religious***
Mothers and Daughters (photos by L'Engle's daughter Maria Rooney) May '97 LE,
PO
inspirational / photographic / poetry
Friends for the Journey (with Luci Shaw) Jun '97 LE autobiographical / religious
Bright Evening Star: Mystery of the Incarnation Sep '97 TJ biblical
Miracle on 10th Street & Other Christmas Writings Oct '98 LC Christmas-related fiction, non-fiction & poetry Austin family (2 short stories), Topaze (from A Severed Wasp)
Mothers and Sons (photos by L'Engle's daughter Maria Rooney) Mar '99 LE inspirational / photographic  
A Prayerbook for Spiritual Friends Aug '99 PR prayers  
A Full House: An Austin Family Christmas Oct '99 AF Christmas-related fiction Austin family
The Other Dog (illustrated by Christine Davenier) Mar '01 CF children's fiction
about Touché L'Engle-Franklin
Madeleine L'Engle's own family in 1947.
The Genesis Trilogy Apr '01 BR autobiographical / biblical And It Was Good, A Stone for a Pillow, and Sold into Egypt in one volume
Madeleine L'Engle, Herself: Reflections On a Writing Life (compiled by Carole F. Chase) Sep '01  LE Passages about writing from L'Engle's books, recorded workshops, etc.
The Ordering of Love: New and Collected Poems of Madeleine L'Engle
released
by Waterbrook Press

Mar '05

poetry, included 18 previously unpublished poems

The Eye Begins to See not yet completed AF adult novel Meg Murry O'Keefe, O'Keefe family

*Prelude is a revised version of The Small Rain, intended for younger readers. The novel was later republished under the original title.

**The O'Keefe family consists of the former Meg Murry of the Murry family, her husband, Dr. Calvin O'Keefe (who also appears in the Murry family novels), and their many children, especially Poly (later called Polly) and Charles.

***Glimpses of Grace is a collection of inspirational quotations from L'Engle's other books, selected by Carole F Chase, who also wrote a literary biography titled Madeleine L'Engle, Suncatcher: Spiritual Vision of a Storyteller  (San Diego: LuraMedia, 1995).  An expanded version of this book was published by Innisfree Press in August 1998 as Suncatcher: A Study of Madeleine L'Engle and Her Writing. I am indebted to Ms. Chase for some of the bibliographical and biographical data provided here, taken both from her book and from her email.  Thank you!

Please note that book titles in maroon are needed to complete my personal collection.  (So are the ones in navy, but I can find most of those if I have the money to spend.) Please email me if you have any copies of the titles listed in maroon for sale at a reasonable price (roughly $10-$50, depending on format, condition, and scarcity). Also please email me with any corrections, additions, or clarifications.

Key to Book Types
Please note the YA-labeled books are equally rewarding for children and adults.
AF = Adult Fiction AP = Adult Play BF = Biblical Short Fiction
BR = Biblical Reflections CF = Children's Short Fiction CJ = Crosswicks Journal
CP = Children's Play CQ = Collected Quotations LC = Literary Collection
LE = Literary/Spiritual Essays PO = Poetry PR = Prayers
TE= Theological Essays
TJ = Theological Journal
YAF=Young Adult Fiction YAM=YA Mystery/Suspense Fiction YSF = YA Science Fiction / Fantasy


Books That Aren't Listed Here (Yet):


For some time now I've been compiling a list of books to which Madeleine L'Engle has contributed an introduction, or a foreword, or an afterword, or an essay, or even a short story or poem. In other words, they are books primarily written by other people, but contain some material by Madeleine L'Engle. A few notable examples are First Words: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors, the introduction to a compendium of Curious George stories, Miracles of Christmas (which probably has the short story "Miracle on 10th Street" in it), and Second Sight: Stories for a New Millennium, which features a short story about Rob Austin. I hope to have the list compiled and online sometime in the next month or so, if I can drag myself away from the novels I'm revising for submission long enough to do the work!

Books That Don't Exist:

I've also come across references to the following titles, which appear to have been announced but never published:

101st Miracle: I went back to the web reference for this and it was gone. It was supposedly a collection of Madeleine L'Engle's early short stories. Or was it her early work in general? In either case, it does not exist, except as the title of a short story. Too bad, because I know of only three works of early short fiction that can still be found. One is "Poor Little Saturday" (1956) which is in several anthologies. The second is "Six Good People," a story she wrote at age 15 which appears along with some early L'Engle poetry in a book called First Words: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors. According to Madeline Trotter (thanks for the info!), the short story "The One Hundred and First Miracle" appeared in a 1983 anthology calld Nine Visions: A Book of Fantasies, edited by Andrea LaSonde Melrose.  This is probably out of print, but may still turn up used.

Still, the possibility remains that a collection of early L'Engle short stories may eventually be compiled and published. We'll just have to wait and see.

Moses: Prince of Egypt. This is referenced in the later edition of Suncatcher by Carole F Chase, and a reader named Cindy found a reference to it at one time on Barnes & Noble's web site as well as on the Amazon site. When she ordered it, she received a children's book by someone else, which was based on the Prince of Egypt movie. No current online references to this book actually let you order it , so I assume it never came out, at least not as written by Madeleine L'Engle.

My Own Private Place. Various readers have also found references to this title, particularly on the Barnes & Noble site. Like Moses: Prince of Egypt, it almost certainly has never been published as of 3/02.  Someone recently emailed me that a book by this title does exist. If so, however, it is not an entire book by Madeleine L'Engle.

At least some of the above books were probably postponed or canceled due to Madeleine L'Engle's health difficulties in 1999-2000.

In addition to all this, online used book listings are often sloppily written, leading to offerings of books with familiar but nonexistent titles. I've seen listings for A Ring of Endless Night, The Other Side of the Son, The Young Unicorn and several other incorrect titles, all because someone barely glanced at the cover of the book being sold. My favorite bogus title is from an old eBay listing, which offered a trade paperback novel called Madeleine L'Engle by the nonexistent author Mary Waters!

Thanks to Carole F. Chase, Chris Smith, Signe Myhren, Jim Meadows, Jennifer Guimond, Kathy Ching, Alan Balthrop, Jamie Jensen and many other L'Engle fans for their suggestions and encouragement. Most of all, thanks to Madeleine L'Engle for making this web site necessary (not to mention fun!).


You can help to build this web site!  Information on out-of-print editions will be gratefully accepted. I can always be reached at
kfbofpql@aol.com. Please do NOT use this email address to write to Madeleine L'Engle. I am NOT Madeleine L'Engle! I don't mind it when children make this mistake, except for the fact that I have to disappoint them by tell them their email didn't reach her. What really bothers me is the email from adults, especially teachers, who don't read enough of the website to know that email to kfbofpql@aol.com goes to Karen Funk Blocher, not Madeleine L'Engle. I occasionally get email from entire elementary school classes addressed to Madeleine L'Engle, all because a teacher didn't do his or her research!



Links:

 Madeleine L'Engle FAQ Page, with a brief biography, answers to frequently asked questions, and a guide to finding the L'Engle books you're missing (except maybe Ilsa), plus a short list of books about Madeleine L'Engle and her writing.
The Novels  The Novels of Madeleine L'Engle, with links to in-depth bibliographies and to other L'Engle-related web sites.
(coming eventually) Other Works By Madeleine L'Engle, more-or-less divided by category.  I'll be putting this together any year now.
Karen's Credos and Curios  Karen Funk Blocher's Credos And Curios - my personal web page, with my bio, bibliography, personal philosophy, and pictures of my dogs. This page also has links to my Project Quantum Leap site and other websites by myself and others.

Welcome to Mâvarin - entry page to a web site about my unpublished series of fantasy novels.  The site contains sample text from the books plus apocryphal "otherworld journal entries."
Recommended Authors page - you know L'Engle is on it.  Can you guess which other writers I recommend?
Outpost MÔvarin - my blog. Thoughts on ethics, religion, writers and writing, language and more.

(Some of) My Favorite Quotes - favorite quotes from all over the place.

Contents copyright 1997-2008 by Karen Funk Blocher except where otherwise noted. Last updated 1/11/09.