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Book Title: A Circle of Quiet|
The size of the: 869 KB
Edition: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Date of issue: January 1st 1971
The author of the book: Madeleine L'Engle
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780374123741
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I’d be surprised if the majority of readers have not read “A Wrinkle in Time.” It is undoubtedly her most loved book, although the road to a publisher was a rather long journey. Nevertheless, she did, and the rest is her story, part of which is contained in this part memoir / journal, part love story, part spiritual journey, and also in part advice for writers, her teachings and observations as Writer-in-Residence. Reflections on her family, both the one she was born into, and the one she and her husband Hugh Franklin (an actor with many credits, both theatre and television, but possibly best known for his role as Dr. Charles Tyler on “All My Children”) created, her feelings about moving from NYC to Crosswicks, life in a small town, and her love of nature.
This covers a lot of bases, and a significant amount of a lifetime, but it never feels as though she’s doing more than just having a conversation with a friend. A string of chats on the front porch.
Originally written in 1972, this will be available for the first time for e-readers. But don’t let that fool you into thinking that this is outdated, although there are some references that are dated, but …. Some are more applicable these many years later.
“This sense of urgency has always been with my children, and those I work and talk with. They’ve grown up knowing that at any moment we could blow up our planet if some madman pushes the wrong button.”
“….we were listening to the news and when the weather report was announced he said, “Storms tomorrow. If there is a tomorrow.”
For me, the topics that grabbed me the most were her descriptions of the surroundings of Crosswicks, their home in a small town surrounded by woods, and reading, although I enjoyed reading all of this.
“I read while I’m stirring the white sauce, while I’m in the subway, in the bath.”
There’s a lightness to her tone in much of her writing that makes this very easy reading, even when the topic might be heavier, but most stories are funny, or inspirational, some delightfully observational. I enjoyed this immensely.
Pub Date: 29 Nov 2016
Many thanks to Open Road Integrated Media, NetGalley, and for the gift that was Madeleine L’Engle
Read information about the authorMadeleine L'Engle was an American writer best known for her Young Adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters. Her works reflect her strong interest in modern science: tesseracts, for example, are featured prominently in A Wrinkle in Time, mitochondrial DNA in A Wind in the Door, organ regeneration in The Arm of the Starfish, and so forth.
"Madeleine was born on November 29th, 1918, and spent her formative years in New York City. Instead of her school work, she found that she would much rather be writing stories, poems and journals for herself, which was reflected in her grades (not the best). However, she was not discouraged.
At age 12, she moved to the French Alps with her parents and went to an English boarding school where, thankfully, her passion for writing continued to grow. She flourished during her high school years back in the United States at Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, vacationing with her mother in a rambling old beach cottage on a beautiful stretch of Florida Beach.
She went to Smith College and studied English with some wonderful teachers as she read the classics and continued her own creative writing. She graduated with honors and moved into a Greenwich Village apartment in New York. She worked in the theater, where Equity union pay and a flexible schedule afforded her the time to write! She published her first two novels during these years--A Small Rain and Ilsa--before meeting Hugh Franklin, her future husband, when she was an understudy in Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard. They married during The Joyous Season.
She had a baby girl and kept on writing, eventually moving to Connecticut to raise the family away from the city in a small dairy farm village with more cows than people. They bought a dead general store, and brought it to life for 9 years. They moved back to the city with three children, and Hugh revitalized his professional acting career. The family has kept the country house, 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 to enjoy each other and life. Madeleine began her association with the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, where she has been the librarian and maintained an office for more than thirty years. After Hugh's death in 1986, it was her writing and lecturing that kept her going. She has now lived through the 20th century and into the 21st and has written over 60 books and keeps writing. She enjoys being with her friends, her children, her grandchildren, and her great grandchildren."
Copyright © 2007 Crosswicks, Ltd. (Madeleine L'Engle, President)
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