Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Madeleine L'Engle

I have loved Madeleine L'Engle since I was little and read A Wrinkle in Time. Many other authors and genres I don't recall how they came into the mix, but I have never forgotten my love for Madeleine L'Engle and the resulting love for fantasy. Some of her books venture into very religious atmospheres that don't interest me. Below is a list of her novels and a few comments from me.

18 Washington Square South: A Comedy in One Act, 1944 (never heard of before)
The Small Rain, 1945 (adult fiction, prequel to A Severed Wasp)
Ilsa, 1946 (From what I am told, really rare)
And Both Were Young, 1949 (good book)
Camilla Dickinson, 1951 (not sure what this is, unless it is the original title for "Camilla")
A Winter’s Love, 1957 (curious about this title)
Meet the Austins, 1960 (first Austin novel)
A Wrinkle in Time, 1962 (first Murry novel)
The Moon By Night, 1963 (Austin family)
The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas, 1964 (I think it is the Austin's, not sure why I don't have this one)
The Arm of the Starfish, 1965 (Austin family)
Camilla, 1965 (stand alone)
The Love Letters, 1966 (want but out of print)
A Journey With Jonah (a play), 1967 (religion)
The Young Unicorns, 1968 (Austin)
Dance in the Desert, 1969 (religion)
Lines Scribbled on an Envelope and Other Poems, 1969 (don't have this particular set of poetry)
The Other Side of the Sun, 1971 (the whole reason for this post, explain later)
A Circle of Quiet, 1972 (religion but almost bought the other day and then didn't. Went back for it, it was gone)
The Wind in the Door, 1973 (Murry family)
Everyday Prayers, 1974 (religion)
Prayers for Sunday, 1974 (religion)
The Risk of Birth, 1974 (religion)
The Summer of the Great Grandmother, 1974 (religion)
Dragons in the Waters, 1976 (Austin)
The Irrational Season, 1977 (religion)
A Swiftly Tilting Planet, 1978 (Murry family)
The Weather of the Heart, 1978 (poetry, have this one)
Ladder of Angels, 1979 (I assume religion)
The Anti-Muffins, 1980 (no clue, sounds like children's novel)
A Ring of Endless Light, 1980 (Austin family)
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art, 1980 (religion)
A Severed Wasp, 1982 (adult novel)
The Sphinx at Dawn, 1982 (religion)
And It Was Good: Reflections on Beginnings, 1983 (religion)
A House Like a Lotus, 1984 (Murry daughter)
Trailing Clouds of Glory: Spiritual Values in Children’s Literature, 1985 (with Avery Brooke) (religion)
Many Waters, 1986 (fourth book in the A Wrinkle in Time quartet)
A Stone for a Pillow: Journeys with Jacob, 1986 (religion)
A Cry Like a Bell, 1987 <-- anyone know anything about this book? Two-Part Invention, 1988 (religion) An Acceptable Time, 1989 (Daughter to one of the main characters from A Wrinkle in Time)
Sold Into Egypt: Joseph’s Journey into Human Being, 1989 (religion)
The Glorious Impossible, 1990 (religions)
Certain Women, 1992 (a novel about women, been so long can't remember any details)
The Rock That is Higher, 1993 (religion)
Anytime Prayers, 1994 (too religious)
Troubling a Star, 1994 (Austin family)
Glimpses of Grace, 1996 (with Carole Chase) (into the too religious sphere)
A Live Coal in the Sea, 1996 (Includes a character from her Austin novels if memory serves me correct)
Penguins and Golden Calves: Icons and Idols, 1996 (into the too religious sphere)
Wintersong, 1996 (with Luci Shaw) (into the too religions sphere)
Bright Evening Star, 1997 (into the too religious sphere)
Friends for the Journey, 1997 (with Luci Shaw) (into the too religious sphere)
Mothers and Daughters, 1997 (with Maria Rooney) (into the too religious sphere)
Miracle on 10th Street, 1998 (out of print last time I tried to find it)
A Full House, 1999 (Will buy one of these days)
Mothers and Sons, 1999 (with Maria Rooney) (into the too religious sphere)
Prayerbook for Spiritual Friends, 1999 (with Luci Shaw) (into the too religious sphere)
The Other Dog, 2001 (children's novel)
Madeleine L,Engle Herself: Reflections on a Writing Life, 2001 (with Carole Chase) (plan to pick up soon)

The whole point of this post? Do you know how hard it was to get as many books of hers as I own! A Wrinkle in Time quartet I got from a school book order back in the day, many of the other younger books I have read by her I got on a trip to Texas (in high school) because I couldn't find them anywhere in Canada ( was not around yet). I spent most of my money on her books because I didn't know if I would ever see them again. Her adult novels I would order off and then ship them to a friend of my mother's in the US and then they would bring them with them when they visited. The reason for this post is why do books have to be so hard to find? If you love an author, why can't you buy their book? Ilsa is 250 dollars! I love reading, would like to eventually read all of her books (even the religion ones eventually), but it is so hard to do. This all started from the fact that I was at a second hand store the other day and actually found The Other Side of the Sun for two dollars. I mean, her other books are not as great as the originals, but they are still something that you wish you could buy. I just think books should be more obtainable. They are meant to be read, not collectors pieces to me...


  1. You know I have never read any of her books! Not even one!!

  2. I decided to do some rereads of her novels this summer.

  3. I have read only a couple of her books but thorougly enjoyed her and especially enjoyed putting her books (several) before my one daughter who was an avid reader growing up. Your post does make me think I'll get on ebay and see what I can find.

    Thought you might like to read one of my favorite poems ever. It is the best of her and the best of what I think true christianity is about. Obviously Madeline lived and believed in a very real world. It is my recent post on acovenantwoman.blogspot.
    Cathryn, FL

  4. Thanks for stopping by! I hope that this topic does encourage people to buy more books by her. :)


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