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A Wrinkle in Time: Introduction
A Wrinkle in Time: Plot Summary
A Wrinkle in Time: Detailed Summary & Analysis
A Wrinkle in Time: Themes
A Wrinkle in Time: Quotes
A Wrinkle in Time: Characters
A Wrinkle in Time: Symbols
A Wrinkle in Time: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Madeleine L'Engle
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- Full Title: A Wrinkle in Time
- When Written: 1959-60
- Where Written: New York City
- When Published: 1962
- Literary Period: Post-War American Literature
- Genre: Young adult fantasy
- Setting: Earth, the planet Camazotz, the universe
- Climax: Meg saves Charles Wallace, her younger brother, from the clutches of IT by simply loving him.
- Antagonist: The Black Thing, the Darkness, or IT
- Point of View: Limited third-person narrative from Meg Murry's point of view
Extra Credit for A Wrinkle in Time
Meg and Madeleine. Like Meg, Madeleine L'Engle was a shy and clumsy girl who struggled in school and was looked down on by the teachers, though she was intelligent. And like the Murrys, the L'Engles lived for a while in an old farmhouse in rural New England.
Is time travel possible? Einstein's theory of relativity suggests time travel should be possible in theory, but it is still unknown as to whether man can actually do it. Still, there's plenty of real enough math in A Wrinkle in Time to begin understanding what time represented as the fifth dimension is.