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A Magical “Time” Cathedral School students celebrate Madeleine L’Engle’s legacy on the Cathedral Close BY DANIEL HRDLICKA

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“It was a dark and stormy night…”

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With these iconic words, Madeleine L’Engle begins A Wrinkle in Time, her 1962 novel of adventure, fantasy, and philosophy. The Cathedral School’s 13-acre campus was actually calm and clear on Thursday, October 18, a crisp autumn night, as literary luminaries and three Cathedral School students participated in a special event honoring the life and work of beloved author Madeleine L’Engle. Hosted by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Library of America, this evening of readings, speakers, and music marked not only the centenary of a literary legend with close ties to the Cathedral and The Cathedral School (L’Engle was writer-in-residence for more than three decades) but also the Library of America’s publication of a definitive two-volume boxed set of A Wrinkle in Time and its seven companion novels, known collectively as the Kairos novels. The program began with a welcome from Reverend Canon Patrick Molloy, Sub Dean of the Cathedral, who introduced Max Rudin, President of Library of America, and Marsha Nelson, Head of The Cathedral School. In her address, Ms. Nelson spoke to the enduring qualities of A Wrinkle in Time, as well as the overlap of L’Engle’s worldview with that of the Cathedral and The Cathedral School:

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Profile for The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine

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