A Wrinkle in Time (book)

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Date: 1985

Region: North America

Subject: Religion

Medium: Literature



Artist: Madeline L'Engle

Confronting Bodies: Public

Dates of Action: 1985

Location: United States

Description of Artwork: A Wrinkle in Time is a science fantasy novel by Madeleine L'Engle, first published in 1962. The story revolves around a young girl whose father, a government scientist, has gone missing after working on a mysterious project called a tesseract.

The Incident: A multitude of parent and Christian groups accused the book of seeking to indoctrinate children with black magic. One particular group, Citizens for Excellence in Education in Waterloo, Iowa, slammed L'Engle for "fostering occult practices, employing satanic suggestions, sadism, and—worst of all—by associating Jesus Christ with other great personages, implying that Christ was not divine."

Results of Incident: The book was not successfully banned in a widespread manner. In fact, the novel went on to win the Newberry Award and has been defended by dedicated readers.

Source: American Library Association; Enotes article