Madeleine L’Engle, along with Anne Morrow Lindbergh, were the first women writers whose style of writing captured me. Actually, their thought life captured me. Brilliant, curious women!
Both of them wrote books of memoirs–almost journals–that have been overlooked compared to their bestsellers–A Wrinkle in Time and Gift from the Sea. respectively.
These two women share some things in common–they were women ahead of their times, outside-the-box thinkers, often misunderstood though for different reasons. Lindbergh, for her politics, L’Engle, for her spirituality. And they also shared an ability to persevere despite adversity.
Their books give a peak into a woman’s life in the last century, too. They both spanned eight decades!
If you’re interested in reading one of L’Engle’s books (out of 62 books!)…I’d recommend Two-Part Invention. For Lindbergh, look for North to the Orient.
To quote the main character in Copper Star…
“Heaven’s gain is earth’s loss.” ~Louisa Schmetterling