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three lost pages of A Wrinkle in Time
Apr 19th, 2015, 7:12pm
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Wall Street Journal publishes three lost pages of A Wrinkle in Time
Madeline L'Engle wrote about the dangers of security and complacency.

by Megan Geuss - Apr 19, 2015 1:25pm EDT

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal published a previously-lost three-page passage of Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 science fantasy book A Wrinkle In Time. L'Engle's granddaughter, Charlotte Jones Voiklis, discovered the passage, which was cut before publication, in her grandmother's draft of the book.

This missing section is unique and interesting in that it contains a more overtly political message than the rest of L'Engle's book, warning against both totalitarianism as well as an over-dependence on security in democracies.

A Wrinkle in Time follows a 13-year-old girl named Meg Murry, her brothers, and her friend Calvin as they search for Meg's father, a government scientist who disappeared during work on a secret experiment.

The children travel through space and time using what the book calls a "tesseract" and discover Mr. Murry on a planet called Camazotz, where the inhabitants live under the control of a single mind. Scholars have long considered L'Engle to have been influenced by the Cold War, but in the newly-published passage, the author seems to demonstrate more modern, nuanced politics. The newly discovered passage would sound familiar to Ars readers who have kept up with news about overreaches by the National Security Agency as well as federal and local governments. The Wall Street Journal describes the discovered text.

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Interesting info on a book we all have probably read.
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Re: three lost pages of A Wrinkle in Time
Reply #1 - Apr 20th, 2015, 12:04am
Webbie, thanks for sharing this intriguing article. How could Madeleine L'Engle be writing in 1962 and NOT be influenced by the Cold War? Despite its title, it was certainly the hottest topic of the era. Again, thanks for this interesting bit of info about a wonderful author.

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