A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle cover, concentric circles around three figures on a dark blue background

A Wrinkle in Time

Written by Madeleine L'Engle

New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1962

5.75" x 8.37"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

As president of the Authors Guild from 1985 to 1986, Madeleine L'Engle vigorously defended writers' freedom of expression, having by then experienced significant challenges to her own books. Early attacks labeled A Wrinkle in Time—the 1963 Newbery Medal winner—"too Christian." Was not young Charles Wallace a Christ figure, and the three eccentric lady characters angels?

By the 1980s, the book's chief opponents were no longer secularists but Christian fundamentalists, who condemned A Wrinkle in Time for being Christian in the wrong way. L'Engle had equated Jesus with Leonardo and Einstein, and the ladies were not angels but witches.


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A Wrinkle in Time