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Publishers hated ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ and Madeleine L’Engle never forgot the rejections – Monday March 12, 2018

Today, Madeleine L’Engle stands as a literary icon, an entrancer of millions of readers whose genre-busting classic A Wrinkle in Time rolled out Friday as a full-bore, Disney-fueled, Oprah-graced $103-million movie extravaganza. But in December 1960, she was a frustrated unknown holding yet another letter from a publisher saying “No thanks” to the book that would become a blockbuster.

“This is pleasantly done — but for me there isn’t quite enough story value,” said the two-sentence blowoff from Mercury editor Robert Mills dated Dec. 10. It was one of a string of stinging rejections that L’Engle lamented throughout her career but that have not been shared publicly before.

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