Madeleine L’Engle has died. From the AP, via USA Today (“‘A Wrinkle in Time’ author Madeleine L’Engle dies at 88“):
Although L’Engle was often labeled a children’s author, she disliked that classification. In a 1993 Associated Press interview, she said she did not write down to children.
“In my dreams, I never have an age,” she said. “I never write for any age group in mind. When people do, they tend to be tolerant and condescending and they don’t write as well as they can write.”
“When you underestimate your audience, you’re cutting yourself off from your best work.”
Booklist Books for Youth Associate Editor Jennifer Mattson recently took another look at L’Engle’s Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time.