It's funny, in reading the article about her, I had to stop and take a breath at this passage:
I admit, she and Bradbury were my first science fiction authors. And one never completely gets over first love.
Keith Call, special collections assistant atin , which has a collection of L'Engle's papers, said he considers her the female counterpart of science fiction author because people loved her personally as much as they loved her books.
I read the whole series of Murry family books, even asking the local library to order a few for me through the interlibrary exchange system (my first forays into asking for things not on the shelf) after I discovered all they had were the first three, and I even attempted to pore over her essays on Christianity and spirituality. Unfortunately, I was still too wet behind the ears to gain much, then, from the nonfiction.