Two-part Invention

Two-part Invention

The Story of A Marriage

Book - 1989
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"Since her debut with The Small Rain in 1945, L'Engle has continued to write critically acclaimed books for adults and young readers, including a Newbery Medal-winner, A Wrinkle in Time. But this story of her marriage surpasses her best work so far. Starting with accounts of her childhood, she describes her life as a young woman in Manhattan, attracted to the theater and landing a job as an understudy touring with Eva Le Gallienne and Hugh Franklin. L'Engle and Franklin married in 1946, creating a bond that was broken ony by his death 40 years later. As Franklin's roles (with the Lunts, Ethel Barrymore, Maurice Evans, etc.) kept him absent frequently, there were problems, especially when they became parents. Yet most crises were viewed in perspective, especially when the couple gathered with children, grandchildren and friends at Crosswick, the old house in Connecticut that remains L'Engle's "icon." As expected, she writes beautifully here, sharing funny, exuberant and trying moments of the "two-part invention." Reading the book is a profound spiritual experience."--Publisher's Weekly.
Publisher: San Francisco : HarperSanFrancisco, 1989
Edition: First HarperColins paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1988
ISBN: 9780062505019
Branch Call Number: 813.54 L5471L 1989
Characteristics: 231 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Oct 01, 2016

This is the fourth of the "Crosswicks Journal," L'Engle's memoir. I also read the second, "The Summer of the Great Grandmother," which also takes place mostly at Crosswicks, the home in CT where L'Engle and her husband, actor Hugh Franklin lived mostly in the summer. Both read well on their own, and I'm sure I'd enjoy the other two as much as the ones I've read. L'Engle's a wonderful writer, descriptive and deceptively casual. This one focuses on their loving 40 year marriage. The title refers to how they were able to create that marriage in spite of long spells of time apart. He went on acting tours and she stayed home with their children. Then she went on writing tours when those children were grown. Both were generously giving people, both to each other, and to others. Highly recommended. It's not the least bit dated.


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