Listening for Madeleine by Leonard S. Marcus
A Portrait of Madeleine L'Engle in Many Voices

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Mr. Marcus’s respectful biography brings the author to life beyond what she conveys in her own pages. After reading his book, anyone who didn’t know Madeleine L’Engle during her 88 years on Earth will be sad they missed her...
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Writer. Matriarch. Mentor. Friend. Icon.
Madeleine L'Engle is perhaps best recognized as the author of A Wrinkle in Time, the enduring milestone work of fantasy fiction that won the 1963 John Newbery Medal for excellence in children's literature and has enthralled millions of readers for the past fifty years. But to those who knew her well, L'Engle was much more besides: a larger-than-life persona, an inspiring mentor, a strong-willed matriarch, a spiritual guide, and a rare friend. In Listening for Madeleine, the renowned literary historian and biographer Leonard S. Marcus reveals Madeleine L'Engle in all her complexity, through a series of incisive interviews with the people who knew her most intimately. Vivid reminiscences of family members, colleagues, and friends create a kaleidoscope of keen insights and snapshop moments that help readers to understand the many sides of this singularly fascinating woman.

 

About Leonard S. Marcus

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Leonard S. Marcus is one of the world's leading writers about children's books and the people who create them. His own award-winning books include Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature; and The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published November 13, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 383 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by James Kennedy on Jan 11 2013

Mr. Marcus's immensely readable and fascinating book will probably stand as the definitive portrait of Madeleine L'Engle.

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Reviewed by Carolyn Haley on Nov 13 2012

Mr. Marcus’s respectful biography brings the author to life beyond what she conveys in her own pages. After reading his book, anyone who didn’t know Madeleine L’Engle during her 88 years on Earth will be sad they missed her...

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