Biography of Madeleine L'Engle

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Two artistic parents raised their child to be one of America’s greatest authors. Madeleine L’Engle was born on November 29, 1918, in Manhattan to Madeleine Barnett and Charles Camp. Her full name was Madeleine L’Engle Camp but she was commonly known as Madeleine L’Engle, after her grandmother(Martin). Her father was involved in World War I, but retreated back to the United States, due to damaged lungs caused by mustard gas. Upon his return he wrote short stories, movies, and plays, as Madeleine Barnett was a pianist. While both parents were involved in the artistic side of life, Madeleine L’Engle was an only child but had the company of her nanny, Mrs. O’Connell. While located in New York, she had many opportunities, and she had many people visit her parents, most were very artistic alike her parents. While living around the arts, she wrote her first short story at the age of five. Then went on to win a poetry contest in fifth grade. However, her teacher accused her of plagiarizing, sensing that Madeleine L’Engle was not talented enough, but her mother reinforced her gift by showing everything Madeleine had written at home("Madeleine L'Engle"). L'Engle also recounted that an elementary teacher called her stupid(Martin). Around the age of twelve, Madeleine and her parents relocated to Switzerland, where she attended a boarding school, Chatelard. After a couple years, the Camps returned to the United States to be with Madeleine L'Engle's grandmother who had fallen ill. They lived in Florida but, Madeleine was soon sent to South Carolina to attend Ashley Hall Boarding School. She was barely a year away from graduation when her father died in 1936. Upon graduating, she set her sights on majoring in English at Smith College("Madeleine ...

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