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Madeleine L'Engle Papers

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Madeleine L'Engle Papers, 1918-2006 | Special Collections, Buswell Library

By The Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections Staff

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Collection Overview

Title: Madeleine L'Engle Papers, 1918-2006Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: SC/003

Primary Creator: L'Engle, Madeleine (1918-2007)

Extent: 360.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1975

Subjects: Adventure stories. - Juvenile fiction., Authors, American. - 20th century - Interviews., Bible. O.T. Genesis., Bible stories, English - O.T. Genesis., Camp, Madeleine Barnett., Children's literature - Authorship., Children's literature - Manuscripts., Christian biography., Christianity and the arts., Christmas - Poetry., Detective and mystery stories - Juvenile fiction., Fantasy fiction., Jesus Christ - Art., L'Engle, Madeleine - Biography - Juvenile literature., L'Engle, Madeleine - Interviews., L'Engle, Madeleine - Manuscripts., L'Engle, Madeleine. Wrinkle in time., Religion - Fiction., Religion in literature., Science fiction., Sermons, American - 20th century., Time travel - Juvenile fiction.

Forms of Material: Articles, Audiotapes, Correspondence, Essays, Filmstrips, Interviews, Lectures, Memorabilia, Microfilms, Photographs, Poetry, Reviews, Sermons

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Madeleine L'Engle Collection is composed of a variety of materials illustrating the life and works of this popular author and speaker. The items date from 1919 to the present and include correspondence, manuscripts, articles, photos, papers written by L'Engle, awards, interviews, book announcements and reviews, biographical and family information, some art work and a number of miscellaneous items. The collection is composed largely of material sent to the college by the author, although the special collections staff has assembled books and other support materials for the collection in addition to those sent by L'Engle.

The collection is organized under three main headings: Biographical, correspondence, and manuscripts. Correspondence is divided into three sub categories: Adult, Children's, and Business. Adult and Children's Correspondence are further categorized into "correspondence with replies" and "correspondence without replies." The individual letters are categorized by year and then alphabetically within each year. The Business Correspondence has six sub categories dealing with L'Engle's Addresses, Play/Screen Rights, Publishers/Magazines, Agents, Collections and General Business. These are also filed alphabetically within years by corporate name, when this is applicable. Articles are each assigned a random number as they are received and are filed numerically. They are categorized as articles, interviews, book reviews, or quotes. An article may be listed more than once if it can be classified under a combination of the above categories. The list of articles is maintained on line. A printed copy is included in this register. The collection contains little biographical material or family correspondence. Most of the family correspondence in the collection was inadvertently sent with other material. L'Engle's diaries and other personal items remain in her possession.  A large portion of the collection is devoted to correspondence, with most of the variety being in the Adult Correspondence. Many of the letters are from personal friends, fans and other authors. There was a decrease in the amount of correspondence with replies in late 1986 and early 1987 because of the illness and death of her husband, Hugh Franklin. The Children's Correspondence contains a significant amount of class assigned "form letters." Business Addresses includes invitations to speak and/or details about her speaking engagements. The General Business category includes items not falling under the specific business titles. The collection of L'Engle's manuscripts contains full Typescripts, Galley proofs, and Page proofs for her published and some unpublished works as well as published poems and addresses. The manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by title and chronologically within title series until 1987. Since 1987, in order to facilitate storage, the manuscripts have simply been added to the end of the series chronologically. The number of manuscript versions is not consistent from one work to the next. Manuscripts for most of Ms. L'Engle's works are found in the collection. We were not sent manuscripts of: The Moon by Night, The Twenty Four Days Before Christmas, Prayers for Sunday, Spirit and Light, The Weather of the Heart and The Anti Muffins.

The primary guide to the collection's contents is the container list. Other finding aids include: an article listing, a first name list of selected correspondents, and a frequent correspondent list. These are included in this guide. Children's artwork, if sent with a letter is filed with the Children's correspondence. If the work is oversized, it is filed separately with other artwork and a note is placed with the letter indicating that artwork was included. Artwork by Madeleine L'Engle's placed in a box separate from other artwork. Oversized items are stored separately. Other mementos are kept with the covering correspondence. Photos received with letters are kept together unless L'Engle is in the photo. Photos of L'Engle are assigned a number and filed numerically in a separate series.

Biographical Note

Madeleine L’Engle was born on November 29, 1918, and spent her earliest formative years in New York City. Early on as a child, L’Engle discovered a love for writing, recording her thoughts in stories, poems and journals. At age 12, Madeleine and her parents moved to the French Alps, where she continued to nurture her passion for writing. She flourished during her high school years back in the United States at Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina.

L’Engle next attended Smith College where she studied the classics of literature and continued her own creative writing. She graduated with honors in English and afterwards moved to Greenwich Village in New York City. She published her first two novels by 1946, before meeting her future husband, Hugh Franklin.

After their marriage, Madeleine had a baby girl and kept on writing, eventually moving to a small Connecticut country village to raise their family away from the city. Eventually they moved back to New York City with their three children, and Hugh revitalized his professional acting career. The family has kept their Connecticut country home, Crosswicks, and continues to spend summers there.

As the years passed and the children grew, Madeleine continued to write and Hugh to act, and they both enjoyed each other and life. Since 1966 L’Engle has been writer-in-residence and librarian at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. After Hugh’s death in 1986, Madeleine’s writing and lecturing sustained her, along with her ever growing family. After her husband's passing L'Engle enjoyed spending time with her friends, children, grand-children, and great grandchildren. After an extended illness Madeleine L'Engle died September 6th, 2007.

Subject/Index Terms

Adventure stories. - Juvenile fiction.
Authors, American. - 20th century - Interviews.
Bible. O.T. Genesis.
Bible stories, English - O.T. Genesis.
Camp, Madeleine Barnett.
Children's literature - Authorship.
Children's literature - Manuscripts.
Christian biography.
Christianity and the arts.
Christmas - Poetry.
Detective and mystery stories - Juvenile fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Jesus Christ - Art.
L'Engle, Madeleine - Biography - Juvenile literature.
L'Engle, Madeleine - Interviews.
L'Engle, Madeleine - Manuscripts.
L'Engle, Madeleine. Wrinkle in time.
Religion - Fiction.
Religion in literature.
Science fiction.
Sermons, American - 20th century.
Time travel - Juvenile fiction.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections, Buswell Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 140 linear feet

Access Restrictions: Access to the secondary non published portions of the collection is restricted to those researchers possessing written permission from Madeleine L'Engle's agent. Rights of publication must be secured from Ms. L'Engle's agent, or from the appropriate author or agent in the case of secondary works.

Use Restrictions: Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.

Acquisition Source: Gift

Acquisition Method: In 1975 Professor Clyde S. Kilby of the English Department approached Madeleine L'Engle concerning the possibility of depositing her papers at Wheaton. She consented and in January 1976 the Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the collection. Since that time the Special Collections has received regular shipments of material from L'Engle.

Preferred Citation: Madeleine L'Engle Papers (SC-3), Wheaton College Special Collections, Wheaton, Illinois.

Processing Information: Last verified: Spring 2018

Other Note: The papers of Madeleine L'Engle (nee Madeleine L'Engle Camp), popular writer and lecturer, form a growing collection which presently occupies nearly 150 linear feet. The collection is comprised of personal papers, correspondence, manuscripts and galley proofs, articles, art-work, book reviews and announcements, photographs, and secondary source material. Copies of books by L'Engle are also stored in the Special Collections as part of the collection.

Other URL: http://library.wheaton.edu


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical],
[Series 2: Photographs],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Books],
[Series 5: Journals],
[Series 6: Poems],
[Series 7: Articles],
[Series 8: Lectures, Addresses, Sermons],
[Series 9: Secondary],
[Series 10: Media],
[Series 11: Memorabilia],
[All]

Series 7: ArticlesAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Published Articles and ReviewsAdd to your cart.
Box 300Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Before Babel," by L'Engle. The Horn Book. Dec. 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "Believing Impossible Things," by L'Engle. Theory into Practice. Autumn 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Books That Say Yes," by L'Engle. The Writer. June 1976.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Centipede and the Creative Spirit," by L'Engle. The Horn Book. August 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Childlike Wonder and the Truths of Science Fiction," by L'Engle. Children's Literature, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Darkness and Light," by L'Engle. Florida Libraries, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "Dinner is Served--Splat," by L'Engle. YA People, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "The Expanding Universe," by L'Engle. The Horn Book. August 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Freedom of Service in the Life of the Writer," by L'Engle. Southeastern Library. Summer 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "A Full House," by L'Engle. McCall's. Dec. 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "The Gift of Prayer," by L'Engle. A. D. April 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "I Remember," by L'Engle. Family Festivals. Feb./Mar. 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "The Icon Tree," by L'Engle. The Christian Century. April 6, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "In the Blood of the Lamb," by L'Engle. The Other Side. June 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "Intergalactic P.S. 3," by L'Engle, saddle-stitched booklet, written for Children's Book Week, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 16: "The Island's Island," by L'Engle. News of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Mar. 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 17: "The Key, The Door, The Road," by L'Engle. The Horn Book. June 1964.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: "Moment of Tenderness," by L'Engle. McCall's. July 1976.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: "Mystery of the First Law...or..." by L'Engle. Library Journal. Dec. 15, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 20: "Neutrino and the Unicorn," by L'Engle. Concern. Winter 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 21: "One-Winged Chinese Bird," by L'Engle. Childhood Education. March 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Article or letter by L'Engle. Pen Newsletter. Sept. 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 23: "Sometimes I Forget to Tell You..." by L'Engle. Christianity Today. Dec. 1, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 24: "Three Songs of Mary," by L'Engle. Horn Book. Dec. 1963.Add to your cart.
Folder 25: "The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas," from L'Engle's Book. Woman's Day. Dec. 22, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 26: "We Are Still Being Taught..." by L'Engle. Sunday Digest. Winter, Dec 1981 - Jan/Feb1982Add to your cart.
Folder 27: "We of the Broken Body," by L'Engle. Commonweal. May 26, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 28: "What Can Any of Us Say?" by L'Engle, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 29: "What is Real?" by L'Engle. Language Arts. April 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 30: "Report on trip to Egypt and Austria"Add to your cart.
Folder 31: "Occasionally - The Artistry of Liturgical Words"Add to your cart.
Folder 32: "The Possible Human"Add to your cart.
Box 301Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Known By Name," by L'Engle. Anima. Fall 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "The Possible Human," by L'Engle. Cross Currents. Winter 1988-89Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Wrinkle in Time Survives Challenge," by L'Engle. Footnotes. Sept. 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Celebrities' Choices, [contributer], 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "The Connecticut Eskimo," (short story) by L'Engle. Fantasy. Spring 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Occasionally... Liturgical Words," by L'Engle. Anglican Theological Review. vol 73, no. 4Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "From Babel to Pentecost," by L'Engle. New World Outlook. May-June 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Tribute to May Sarton, by L'Engle. Forward into the Past. May 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "The Summer of the Great-Grandmother," by L'Engle (excerpt from book). McCall's. Jan. 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "Jesus Christ is the Protagonist of Creation," from Irrational Season. The Episcopalian. June 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "Marriage is built on risk, failure, grace," from Irrational Season. The Episcopalian. Dec. 1981.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "And it was Good," from L'Engle's book. Christian Review. Holidays, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Introduction, by L'Engle. Kodon Children's Anthology. March 1973.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "George MacDonald: Nourishment for a Private World," by L'Engle. Reality and the Vision.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Introduction, by L'Engle. Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers., 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 16: "Advent: The wait for his coming again," by L'Engle. Episcopal Life. Nov. 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 17: "Our icons lead us to the holy," by L'Engle. Episcopal Life. Nov. 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 18: "Ash Wednesday: A time to practice remembering," by L'Engle. Episcopal Life. Feb. 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 19: "The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow." by Hoff.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: "Do I dare disturb the universe?" by L'Engle.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: " A Sense of Wonder" by L'Engle.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: "The Little Princess"[introduction] by L'EngleAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: "Story as the search for truth" by L'Engle, Radix Magazine, vol. 22, No. 2, p10, excerpted from The Rock That Is HigherAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: "Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?" by L'Engle Ms. July/Aug. 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 25: "Shake the Universe" by L'Engle Horn Book Dec. 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 26: "The Pool" by L'Engle. Carnage at Christhaven. 11/29/87Add to your cart.
Folder 27: "The Possible Human". Cross Currents. Vol. 38, no. 4Add to your cart.
Folder 28: "Story as the Search for Truth" Radix Magazine. vol. 22, no. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 29: "Madeleine L'Engle 1918-" Something about the author autobiography series, vol. 15Add to your cart.
Folder 30: The Alphabet of Grace by Frederick Buechner and The Way of the Wolf by Martin Bell in Episcopal New Yorker, Feb. 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Christmas by Jan Pienkowski and Spirit Child by John Bierhorst in New York Times Book Review, Nov. 11, 1984, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Chronicles of Mansoul, by Ethel Barrett by L'EngleAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: City Children, Country Summer, by L. Wright, in New Review of Books & ReligionAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Code: Polonaise, by Eva-Lis Wuorio, in Book World, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 35: God and His People, by Harold Bassage, by L'EngleAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Hob's Daughter, by T. Alan Broughton, by L'EngleAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: The Lucky Piece, by F. Butler and The Sunflower Forest, by T. Hayden in New York Times Book Review, Nov. 25, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Motherhood: A Reader for Men & Women, in Cahill & Company: A Feast of Favorite AuthorsAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: The Simplicity of Prayer, by H. A. Williams in New Review of Books and ReligionAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Spirit Child, by J. Bierhorst and Christmas by J. Pienkowski in New York Times Book Review, Nov. 11, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 41: The Sunflower Forest, by T. Hayden and The Lucky Piece, by F. Butler in New York Times Book Review, Nov. 25, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Twelve, by Elaine Kitteridge, by L'EngleAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Articules by L'Engle; Published Review; A Holy Struggle, by Margaret Smith. The Wheaton Literary Series.Add to your cart.
Folder 50Add to your cart.
Folder 51Add to your cart.
Folder 52Add to your cart.
Folder 53Add to your cart.
Folder 54Add to your cart.
Box 302Add to your cart.
Folder 1: [TC] (ms)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Vance (ms)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: [Importance of Education] (ms)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: What will women's spirituality look like in 2002? (Ms)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: [Holyweek 92]Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Dear Mrs. Kreigh," Looking Glass Worlds, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "Light's Companion," Parabola: Myth, Tradition, and the Search for Meaning, May 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "Time and Space Turned Upside Down," The Covenant Companion, December 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Searching for Truth through Fantasy," Soundings, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "The First Stone," essay on homosexuality for Homosexuality and Christian Faith: Questions of Conscience for the Churches by Walter Wink, Fortress PressAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: "A Pleasant Memory," The Kansas City Kids Catalog, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "What I'm Writing Now," Eternity, December 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "What Can Any of Us Say?," Ballet Review, Winter 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "Through the Eyes of an Author: the Search for Truth," Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children's Literature by C.E. Merrill, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Published Articles by L'Engle, "subject to change without notice", "Believing impossible things"", theory into practiceAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Published Articles by L'Engle, "Lent"; The Anglican Digest, "Little Peeks at Divine Glory", Living FaithAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Published Articles by L'Engle, "I've met some religoius people"; Words of faithAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Published Articles by L'Engle, Cross currents; The Possible HumanAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Published Lectures, Addresses, SermonsAdd to your cart.
Box 351Add to your cart.
Folder 16: L'Engle's review of "The Spinning Tops of Naples" (by Tyler Whittle), undatedAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Unpublished Articles, Stories, Short worksAdd to your cart.
Box 303Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "The Search for Truth"Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Church year meditationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Introduction to Enflaming LoveAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: On writing (3 fragments)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: On Christmas/Advent/the Incarnation, with songsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: On Egypt and God's mercyAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: "What Will Women's Spirituality Look Like in the Year 2002?"Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Thoughts on fantasy and science fiction., 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "From Babel to Pentecost."Add to your cart.
Folder 10: FragmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: "Bones"Add to your cart.
Folder 12: [The Universe is not only stranger then we imagine...]Add to your cart.
Folder 13: [The Universe is not only stranger then we imagine...]Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "Time"Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "Happy Ending," Typescript 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Unnamed Typescript 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Austin story, photocopied typescript and ms. fragmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: "Elephants," Typescript FragmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: "The Goldfish Pond," Typescript Fragment, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 20: "The One Hundred and First Miracle"Add to your cart.
Folder 21: "Answered Prayers," Typescript I, Life Magazine, Dec., 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 22: "Answered Prayers," Typescript II, Life Magazine, Dec., 1991Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Biographical],
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[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Books],
[Series 5: Journals],
[Series 6: Poems],
[Series 7: Articles],
[Series 8: Lectures, Addresses, Sermons],
[Series 9: Secondary],
[Series 10: Media],
[Series 11: Memorabilia],
[All]


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