Magill’s Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature A Wrinkle in Time Analysis
A Wrinkle in Time and two later books, A Wind in the Door (1973) and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978), compose what is known as the Time Trilogy. Unlike typical trilogy volumes intended to be read consecutively, these books, though integrated, are independent. Each centers on the Murry family, and the importance of both individual initiative and family interaction is a thematic thread. L’Engle made both the Murry adults highly talented, both intellectually and scientifically. This was atypical of fiction published in the 1950’s, when the book was written. Female characters rarely were featured as intellectuals or scientists. L’Engle has been praised for this departure as well as for her creation of strong female characters. Critics even suggested that in making Meg the protagonist in A Wrinkle in Time, L’Engle opened the door for the many female protagonists who have appeared in more recent fantasy and science fiction.
Most people know L’Engle as a novelist who writes for children and young people. She says, however, that she writes for anyone who is still able to hear and understand the truths to which many adults have closed their minds. A Wrinkle in Time, the best known of her more than forty books, is a classic that still delights readers decades after its original publication. In addition to the Newbery Medal, it also received the American Library Association Notable Book Award and the Lewis...
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