Léna's Lit.Life

Léna (me): Lit, as in literature, Lit, as in light, Lit, as in a little kooky: Life.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Madeleine L'Engle is a Doll!

A friend of my bro's found this pic on Flavorwire and I couldn't RESIST sharing it on Léna's Lit Life.

It's our Gran, Madeleine L'Engle, all "dolled" up and with a copy of the original cover of A Wrinkle in Time no less! I love the details - the bright colors and chunky jewelry, the highly arched eyebrows. She wore her hair cropped short since the late 1970's.

She would whoop with laughter if she saw this! Especially that the pants are pulled up way too high, but she would love that they have multi-toned stripes and the sweater - is that angora? She would hint wildly that she wanted "something cyclamen pink" for Christmas.

Speaking of which, my Gran was so much fun to go shopping for. She absolutely adored gifts, and always opened them with the eyes of a child. She collected unicorns, giraffes and angels.

I think that our big gift to her this year in keeping her memory alive is with the big celebration of the 50th anniversary of A Wrinkle in Time this February: there will be freshly minted books with the retro original cover, but with a colorful twist. I believe the book comes out again in January.

I miss you, Gran. You are still shining lights to all the dark corners for me and many others.

xoxox   Léna
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  1. What a great doll! That's pretty cool.

  2. This is too awesome. Oh the pants! :)

  3. Love it, right? I'm tickled . . . pink!

  4. What fun for you to find and for us to see! So glad your grandmother is still "with" us..and will be for long while. Have a great week and wonderful Christmas, Lena.

  5. Thanks Bookie - you too! It starts this week off with just the right "tone"!

  6. http://www.etsy.com/listing/87983193/madeleine-lengle-doll-miniature-author

  7. Such a fun tribute to your very talented Gram. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I can't wait to get a hold of the upcoming anniversary issue of Wrinkle in Time. I hope you are doing a few readings in connection with it!! Joy of the season to you!!

  9. Thanks guys! I'm pretty stoked about the new copies - I think they're ORANGE. Shhhhhhh.

  10. oh i love the doll. . .and Mrs. L'Engle will always be my favorite author and who I return to when I need a "comfort read"

  11. Thank you so much for stopping by, Billectric and Stacy!

    I want one of those dolls too - unfortunately, there's only one!

    And Stacy, my Gran is my favorite "comfort read" too!