Two-Part Invention

Two-Part Invention

The Story of A Marriage

eBook - 2016
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In the final memoir of her Crosswicks Journals, the author of A Wrinkle in Time paints an intimate portrait of her forty-year marriage. A long-term marriage has to move beyond chemistry to compatibility, to friendship, to companionship. As Newbery Medal winner Madeleine L'Engle describes a relationship characterized by compassion, respect, and growth, as well as challenge and conflict, she beautifully evokes the life she and her husband, actor Hugh Franklin, built and the family they cherished. Beginning with their very different childhoods, L'Engle chronicles the twists and turns that led two young artists to New York City in the 1940s, where they were both pursuing careers in theater. While working on a production of Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard, they sparked a connection that would endure until Franklin's death in 1986. L'Engle recalls years spent raising their children at Crosswicks, the Connecticut farmhouse that became an icon of family, and the support she and her husband drew from each other as artists struggling--separately and together--to find both professional and personal fulfillment. At once heartfelt and heartbreaking, Two-Part Invention is L'Engle's most personal work--the revelation of a marriage and the exploration of intertwined lives inevitably marked by love and loss. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Madeleine L'Engle including rare images from the author's estate.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Open Road Media,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781504041287
Characteristics: 1 online resource (231 pages)


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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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