First printing of the book that helped make science fiction stories for children mainstream.
"[H]as amply proven L'Engle's belief that 'children are excited by new ideas' and has been credited with bringing science fiction into the mainstream of children's literature." – Anita Silvey
A journey to a fantastical land full of epic battles and philosophical musing, A WRINKLE IN TIME reads in many ways like an updated, science-based spin on the Narnia series. While Heinlein and others published science fiction for young adults before this, L'Engle popularized it among elementary-age titles. Initially, L'Engle had a difficult time getting it published: "After trying 'forty-odd' publishers (L'Engle later said 'twenty-six rejections'), L'Engle's agent returned the manuscript to her. Then at Christmas, L'Engle threw a tea party for her mother. One of the guests happened to know John Farrar of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, and insisted that L'Engle should meet with him. Although the publisher did not at the time publish a line of children's books, Farrar met L'Engle, liked the novel and ultimately published it" (Random House). Winner of the Newbery Award and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. A lovely copy, very hard to find in collectible condition.
Read more: Silvey, Children's Books and Their Creators, 401; "A Special Message from Madeleine L'Engle," Random House official website.
New York: Ariel Books / Farrar, Strauss and Cudahy, (1962). 8'' x 5.25''. Original quarter blue cloth, white speckled paper boards. In original unclipped ($3.25) blue pictorial dust jacket designed by Ellen Raskin. , 211,  pages. Book with faint fading on edge of boards as usual, else fine. Some shallow edgewear to jacket, slightly moreso around spine ends; rear panel with light soiling.
Fine in near-fine jacket.
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