I just discovered via Curtana that Madeleine L’Engle passed away.
Madeleine Lâ€™Engle, Childrenâ€™s Writer, Is Dead
By DOUGLAS MARTIN
Published: September 8, 2007
Madeleine Lâ€™Engle, who in writing more than 60 books, including childhood fables, religious meditations and science fiction, weaved emotional tapestries transcending genre and generation, died Thursday in Connecticut. She was 88.
Her death, of natural causes, was announced today by her publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Curtana posted the wonderful evocation “I name you…” from A Wind in the Door on her LJ in tribute. Carrying the idea forward, here is a quote from A Circle of Quiet about the need to respond to the creations of others:
“A great painting, or symphony, or play, doesn’t diminish us, but enlarges us, and we, too, want to make our own cry of affirmation to the power of creation behind the universe. This surge of creativity has nothing to do with competition, or degree of talent….This response on the part of any artist is the need to make incarnate the new awareness we have been granted through the genius of someone else.”
Thank you, Madeleine. Thank you.