Uniquely Madeleine: Celebrating Madeleine L'Engle '37 | Ashley Hall

Uniquely Madeleine: Celebrating Madeleine L'Engle '37

Uniquely Madeleine:
A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of Ashley Hall Alumna,
Madeleine L’Engle ’37

Ashley Hall is thrilled to celebrate the life and work of one of its most distinguished alumna, Madeleine L’Engle Camp Franklin, Class of 1937. L’Engle attended Ashley Hall as a boarding student beginning in 1933 and went on to write the award-winning novel, A Wrinkle in Time, which garnered the prestigious Newbery Award in 1962. 

This year marks the centennial of L’Engle’s birth as well as the exciting release of a new major motion picture by Disney of her beloved story, A Wrinkle in Time. We are proud of this Ashley Hall girl. Click here to watch the official trailer for A Wrinkle in Time.

Madeleine L’Engle returned to Ashley Hall to deliver the commencement speech to the Class of 1982. She shared with the graduates, “I don’t want to lose any part of who I was at Ashley Hall. It’s an essential part of who I am now. I don’t want ever to forget sitting high up in the limbs of a live oak tree and reading Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.” Read the full speech below.

Madeleine L’Engle’s 1982 Ashley Hall Commencement Speech

Fun Facts about Madeleine L’Engle’s Time at Ashley Hall

Schedule of Events

This campus-wide celebration includes the following special events:

A Wrinkle in Time Book Read:
Students in 6th through 9th grade are reading the book – perfect for this age range. We invite parents to read along and have included a reading guide in the resource section below for families to use.

Becoming Madeleine Book Read:
Students in 4th and 5th grades will read Becoming Madeleine, a biography of Madeleine L’Engle written by her granddaughters, Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy.

Big Sister & Little Sister Events:
Collaborations including a special Valentine exchange and creating Tesseracts, which facilitate time travel!

Author Visit:
Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy, granddaughters of Madeleine L’Engle and authors of Becoming Madeleine, will visit campus March 19 and 20 and offer creative writing classes with students. A book signing of their new book will also be available at the Ashley Hall Book Festival that week. To pre-order Becoming Madeleine, click here.

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Ashley Hall is a private school for girls, serving kindergarten through twelfth grade students, with a coeducational preschool in Charleston, South Carolina.
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