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Madeleine L'Engle Papers

Summary Information
Title: Madeleine L'Engle Papers
Dates: 1960-1990
Creator: L'Engle, Madeleine
Extent: 3.7 linear ft.
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-47
Madeleine L'Engle's papers trace the genesis, process, and revision of ten of her works for children, young adults, and adults. The collection includes holographs, typescripts, galley and page proofs, research material, layout notes, correspondence, an author's advance copy of a book, and typescripts of two speeches given by Ms. L'Engle.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.


The Arm of the Starfish, 1965

Children's Book Week Speech,

Dragons in the Waters, 1976

The Glorious Impossible, 1990

Kerlan Award Acceptance Speech,

Lines Scribbled on an Envelope, and Other Poems, 1969

The Love Letters, 1966

Meet the Austins, 1960

A Ring of Endless Light, 1980

The Summer of the Great-Grandmother, 1974

A Wind in the Door, 1973

The Young Unicorns, 1968

Biographical Sketch

Madeleine L'Engle, nee Madeleine L'Engle Camp, was born November 29, 1918 in New York, New York. She attended Smith College, graduating with an A.B. in 1941, and married Hugh Franklin in 1946, and had three children. Ms. L'Engle was active in the theater during the 1940s as an actress and playwright and published her first play, 18 Washington Square South, in 1944. She also began writing children's and adult fiction during the 1940s, publishing her first adult novel, Ilsa, in 1944 and her first children's book, And Both Were Young, in 1949. Ms. L'Engle continued to write children's and young adult fiction, introducing the Austin family in 1960's Meet the Austins. In 1962 her best known book, A Wrinkle in Time, was published and won the Newbery Award the following year. A provocative story that mixes science fiction and fantasy with a Christian message, along with a strong emphasis on family love and responsibility, the book established Ms. L'Engle as an author capable of presenting complex themes and scientific theory as well as an able portrayer of realisitic family relationships and interactions. Ms. L'Engle continued to explore themes in her other Time Fantasy novels, several of them sequels to A Wrinkle In Time. The themes of good versus evil and the need for strong family relationships and personal responsibility are crucial elements of Ms. L'Engle's books, as is often an understated Christian message. Ms. L'Engle also moves some of her characters from book to book, providing a unique sense of character development and continuity. Ms. L'Engle has continued to publish works for children and young adults, as well as verse, fiction and non-fiction for adults. In 1990, Ms. L'Engle was awarded the Kerlan Award, given by the Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Minnesota in recognition of her achievements in children's literature.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains materials for ten titles published between 1960 and 1990, as well as typescripts for two speeches given by Ms. L'Engle.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • L'Engle, Madeleine
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
The Arm of the Starfish 1965 
Note  New York: Farrar, Strauss, 1965
Box MF551
front matter (8 p.)  Box MF551
typescript, corrected carbon (295 p.)  Box MF551
Children's Book Week Speech  
Note  : ,
Box MF555
typescript, carbon (13 p.)  Box MF555
Dragons in the Waters 1976 
Note  New York: Farrar, Strauss, 1976
Box MF552
holograph, incomplete (26 p.)  Box MF552
holograph and typescript, corrected misc partial carbon (210 p.)  Box MF552
typescript, corrected, incomplete (58 p.)  Box MF552
typescript, corrected carbon, incomplete (78 p.)  Box MF552
typescript, corrected photocopy (120 p.)  Box MF552
page proof, corrected photocopy (153 p.)  Box MF552
The Glorious Impossible 1990 
Note  New York: Simon and Schuster, 1990
Box MF1538
author's advance book autorgraphed by the author for the Kerlan Collection (1 p.)  Box MF1538
Kerlan Award Acceptance Speech  
Note  : ,
Box MF555
typescript (16 p.)  Box MF555
Lines Scribbled on an Envelope, and Other Poems 1969 
Note  New York: Farrar, Strauss, 1969
Box MF553
front matter (9 p.)  Box MF553
typescript, corrected (47 p.)  Box MF553
galley proof, corrected (31 p.)  Box MF553
galley proof, corrected (31 p.)  Box MF553
layout notes (1 p.)  Box MF553
The Love Letters 1966 
Note  New York: Farrar, Strauss, 1966
Box MF554
typescript, corrected (464 p.)  Box MF554
front matter (5 p.)  Box MF554
galley proof, corrected (115 p.)  Box MF554
galley proof misc pages (9 p.)  Box MF554
Meet the Austins 1960 
Note Willett, Gillian
New York: Vanguard, 1960
Box MF1538
typescript, corrected (241 p.)  Box MF1538
A Ring of Endless Light 1980 
Note  New York: Farrar, Strauss, 1980
Box MF1546
typescript, corrected photocopy (345 p.)  Box MF1546
The Summer of the Great-Grandmother 1974 
Note  New York: Farrar, Strauss, 1974
Box MF555
front matter (8 p.)  Box MF555
typescript, corrected (219 p.)  Box MF555
typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF555
galley proof (142 p.)  Box MF555
page proof (131 p.)  Box MF555
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF555
research material (2 p.)  Box MF555
page proof, corrected misc. pages (6 p.)  Box MF555
A Wind in the Door 1973 
Note  New York: Farrar, Strauss, 1973
Box MF556
typescript, corrected partial carbon and photocopy (56 p.)  Box MF556
The Young Unicorns 1968 
Note  New York: Farrar, Strauss, 1968
Box MF556
typescript, corrected (257 p.)  Box MF556
front matter (8 p.)  Box MF556
typescript, corrected carbon (268 p.)  Box MF556
marked galley sheets (78 p.)  Box MF556
layout notes (3 p.)  Box MF556