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Re: L'Engle

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  • Lynn Maudlin
    Wow, I love the account of L Engle s mother, although I don t think I d call it bossiness (presumption, maybe? Of course she may well have been very bossy;
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      Wow, I love the account of L'Engle's mother, although I don't think I'd call it "bossiness" (presumption, maybe? Of course she may well have been very bossy; this just doesn't strike me as an example of that trait).

      -- Lynn --

      --- In mythsoc@yahoogroups.com, John D Rateliff <sacnoth@...> wrote:
      > I came across a passing reference to Madeleine L'Engle this past
      > weekend that I thought her fans, of which there are many in the
      > society, might find interesting. Janice and I were on a visit to
      > Whidbey Island and the inn where we were staying had a library, mainly
      > made up I think of books abandoned by previous guests over the last
      > eighty years. One such book was a rather battered copy of a biography
      > of John Dos Passos, which I dipped into because he's one once-
      > prominent American writer about whom I know almost nothing. After
      > reading accounts of his quarrels with Edmund Wilson in the early 1960s
      > (in which my sympathies were, surprisingly enough, mainly with Wilson)
      > and with Hemingway during the Spanish Civil War (in which I think Dos
      > Passos came out the better of the two), I was surprised to find two
      > photographs provided courtesy of Madeleine L'Engle, one of which
      > included a teen-aged M.L. herself. Checking the index, I discovered
      > that the L'Engles were next-door neighbors to the Dos Passos family, I
      > think in the early 1930s. There's a brief description of L'Engle's
      > mother, and how much Dos Passos disliked her bossiness (he once came
      > downstairs to find she'd walked into his house without knocking.
      > Seeing him, Mrs. L'Engle remarked that she didn't think his house was
      > as awful as people said, then left).
      > Anyway, if anybody cares to follow up on this, the book in question
      > is DOS PASSOS: A LIFE by Virginia Spencer Carr [1984].
      > --John R.
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