The Newbery Medal winner wrote more than 60 books, including fantasies, poetry and memoirs, often highlighting spiritual themes and her Christian faith. For many years, she was the writer in residence and librarian at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City. Although L’Engle was often labeled a children’s author, she disliked that classification. In a 1993 Associated Press interview, she said she did not write down to children. “In my dreams, I never have an age,” she said. “I never write for any age group in mind. … When you underestimate your audience, you’re cutting yourself off from your best work.” A Wrinkle in Time – which L’Engle said was rejected repeatedly before it found a publisher in 1962 – won the American Library Association’s 1963 Newbery Medal for best American children’s book. Her A Ring of Endless Light was a Newbery Honor Book, or medal runner-up, in 1981. By Cara Rubinsky THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HARTFORD, Conn. – Author Madeleine L’Engle, whose novel A Wrinkle in Time has captivated generations of schoolchildren and adults since the 1960s, has died, her publicist said Friday. She was 88. L’Engle died Thursday at a nursing home in Litchfield, said Jennifer Doerr, publicity manager for publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux. In 2004, President Bush awarded her a National Humanities Medal. Keith Call, special collections assistant at Wheaton College in Illinois, which has a collection of L’Engle’s papers, said he considers her the female counterpart of science fiction author Ray Bradbury because people loved her personally as much as they loved her books. “She was tremendously important initially as a children’s book author, and then as she wrote meditative Christian essays, that sort of expanded her audience,” he said. “She spoke exactly the way she wrote: very elegant, no nonsense, crisp and deeply spiritual.” A Wrinkle in Time tells the story of adolescent Meg Murry, her genius little brother Charles Wallace, and their battle against evil as they search across the universe for their missing father, a scientist. The brother and sister, helped by a young neighbor, Calvin, and some supernatural spirits, must pass through a time travel corridor and overcome the ruling powers on a planet with a totalitarian government reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984. A Wrinkle in Time exposes readers to the words of great thinkers, as its characters quote Shakespeare, the Bible, Euripides, Dante and others. Born Madeleine L’Engle Camp in 1918, L’Engle graduated from Smith College in 1941 and worked as an actress in New York City. There, she met her future husband, Hugh Franklin, an accomplished stage actor who became known later for his portrayal of Dr. Charles Tyler on the soap opera “All My Children.” In 1945, her first book, The Small Rain, was published; she and Franklin married the following year. They had a son, Bion, and two daughters, Josephine and Maria. The couple had adopted Maria after her parents, who were friends of theirs, died. Franklin died of cancer in 1986. Her son died in 1999 at age 47. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!