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Celebrated author Madeleine L’Engle Camp ’41 died Thursday, September 6, at the age of 88. L’Engle, best-known for her classic tale A Wrinkle in Time, expressed interest in writing at an early age and at the time of her death had written more than fifty books of fiction and nonfiction as well as collections of poetry, short stories, plays, and memoirs. A Wrinkle in Time, published in 1962, was awarded the American Library Association’s Newbery Medal for best children’s book and was adapted for the screen.
L’Engle graduated from Smith with a degree in English and later said that her experience at Smith gave her a sense of confidence that served her well in life. “I left Smith assuming that all doors were open to me,” she said. “That’s a useful attitude for opening the occasional closed one.”

In 1986, the college awarded L’Engle an honorary degree. Through the years, she had returned to campus on numerous occasions to share stories with students about her life and encourage them to pursue their passions. In a discussion on campus in 1997, L’Engle told students that honesty is the most important quality to successful storytelling. “If my readers don’t believe it, then it’s not true,” she said.

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