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Random: "A Wrinkle In Time" at Auction

Madeleine L'Engle's novel, A Wrinkle In Time was rejected by at least 26 publishers before being accepted by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, after two years of frustration for L'Engle. The book has remained continuously in print, won several awards, and secured L'Engle's reputation and ability to sell all her later, considerable work.

A first edition in the original dust jacket was offered for sale on eBay. A rare book, now, no first editions have been reported for sale at auction for fifteen years. I did not bid, as the opening bid was for $3000. No one bid on the book. That is, until 80 seconds remained in the week-long auction. In the subsequent 80 seconds, 17 bids were offered, with the book selling for $9000.

I suspect that this would have added just a little bit more amazement for Madeleine at her own tumultuous story with regard to the role of this book in her life.

The book's role in the history of my own imagination and education is considerable, but I do not think it her best work, and among this set of books, I recommend the two subsequent books in the "Time Quintet," A Wind In The Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet, with greater enthusiasm. As to A Wrinkle In Time, the paperback from Amazon is a comparative steal at a mere seven bucks.
Tags: books, l'engle, random

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