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December 2, 2013

Happy Belated Birthday to C. S. Lewis and Madeleine L’Engle!

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This past Friday, the 29 of November, wasn’t just a day for leftover turkey sandwiches and football. It was also the birthday of two fantastic authors, Madeleine L’Engle and C.S. Lewis!

Although remembered mainly for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA series, C.S. Lewis was also a noted historian, professor, theologian and all-around smart cookie. In addition to writing about lions, witches and bigger-on-the-inside wardrobes, he also dabbled in poetry, memoir and religious studies. Many of his earlier novels and academic works dealt with the same Christian themes that would later appear in Narnia. He was recently given a memorial in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey, joining other famous British authors like Dickens, Milton and Shakespeare. This year would have been his 115th birthday. 

Madeleine L’Engle wrote over 30 novels, poems and pieces of non-fiction over her inspiring career, but is most famous for the children’s science fiction novel A WRINKLE IN TIME and its various sequels. Most of them involve time travel (surprise!), alternate dimensions, parallel universes and mystical forces of light and darkness. She also popularized the idea of the Tesseract, or wrinkle in time, a complicated theoretical phenomenon that seems simple in L’Engle’s capable hands. Like Lewis, she was a devout Christian and biblical ideas and motifs crop up in many of her novels. Ms. L’Engle died in 2007.