Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Midweek (Non)Fiction: Madeleine L'Engle, "The Expanding Universe"

As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you a short piece of her nonfiction writing, one I find as inspiring, as engaged with the numinous, as her fiction was.

"The Expanding Universe" is the title of L'Engle's acceptance speech for the Newbery Award, which she received for A Wrinkle in Time. It says so much about the possibility of books, and indeed, about why it is that fantasy matters.