Madeleine L’Engle (Young Adult Author)

Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L’Engle Camp was an American writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young adult fiction, including A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels: A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time. Her works reflect both her Christian faith and her strong interest in science.

Born: Madeleine L’Engle Camp, November 29, 1918, New York City, US
Died: September 6, 2007, Litchfield, Connecticut, US
Occupation: Writer
Alma mater: Smith College
Period: 1945–2007
Genre: Essays, poetry, Christian fiction, science fiction
Notable works: A Wrinkle in Time and sequels
Notable awards: Newbery Medal (1963), Margaret Edwards Award (1998)
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About Madeleine L’Engle

American author of young adult fiction whose popular novel, A Wrinkle in Time, won the 1963 Newbery Medal. Her other award-winning works include Many Waters and A Swiftly Tilting Planet.

Before Fame

She wrote her first story at age five and began keeping a journal at age eight. In 1941, she graduated from Smith College.


Most of her works include themes of religion and science.

Family Life

Her parents were named Madeleine and Charles Wadsworth Camp. She married stage actor, Hugh Franklin, in 1946; the couple’s daughter, Josephine, was born the following year.


She and Judy Blume both wrote young adult classics.

Information related to Madeleine L’Engle

  • Dames of Justice of the Order of St John
  • Margaret A. Edwards Award winners
  • National Book Award for Young People’s Literature winners
  • Anglican poets
  • American expatriates in Switzerland
  • Newbery Medal winners
  • World Fantasy Award-winning writers
  • American young adult novelists
  • Newbery Honor winners
  • National Humanities Medal recipients
  • American women essayists
  • Women writers of young adult literature
  • Smith College alumni
  • American expatriates in France

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