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Madeleine L'Engle

Although I often I dismiss the large, public obituaries as odd and morbid, I found myself tearing up this afternoon when the NY Times reported that Madeleine L'Engle had died.

My mother was a children's librarian, and I think we read the first of these books together. My love of the fantastic is completely a result of having read L'Engle's children's books. Many of my perceptions of what it meant to be a girl are based on Meg, Meg's mother, and Polly. I couldn't be the person I am without having read these books.

I can't re-read them with the same sense of urgency as I did growing up, but I still love them fiercely. Will my kids feel the same way about them? It is doubtful, but I hope that as my angsty, smart and entirely love-able girls grow up, they will be able to find someone with as much tenderness to envision strong, smart women who have power in the world, in ways that cannot be described in corporate by-laws.

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djande
Jun. 25th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
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