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Book Title: The Anti-Muffins|
The author of the book: Madeleine L'Engle
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.74 MB
ISBN 13: 9780829804157
Edition: The Pilgrim Press
Date of issue: February 1st 1981
Read full description of the books:First published in 1980 as an independent piece of short fiction, and part of Madeleine l'Engle's Austin Family series, The Anti-Muffins should really be considered as the "missing chapter" of the first book, Meet the Austins (left out of the published novel in 1960, or rather, it was deemed prudent by the publisher not to include it).
I am indeed pleased that since 1997, The Anti-Muffins chapter is generally included within the novel, within Meet the Austins (and remain both annoyed and really quite flabbergasted that Madeleine l'Engle was asked to remove the entire chapter, but considering the time period, and some of the issues presented, such the fighting John and Maggy engage in, and the fact that the Austin children create an actual club to promote ethnic diversity and protest general attitudes of to them unacceptable adult behaviours and attitudes, perhaps not all that surprising either).
And I actually do NOT believe that you are reading only part of Meet the Austins if your copy of the novel indeed does not contain The Anti-Muffins. However, if this happens to be the case (and it generally will be the case with editions published prior to 1997), you should at least consider reading The Anti-Muffins separately (it is generally considered to be the fifth chapter), as The Anti-Muffins is both interesting in and of itself (and for its time rather majorly avant garde) and it certainly does tie up some rather loose ends, especially with regard to Maggy and her increasing level of acceptance by and in the Austin clan (as well as by their friends and acquaintances, the members of the anti-Muffin Club).
Read information about the authorMadeleine L'Engle was an American writer best known for her Young Adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters. Her works reflect her strong interest in modern science: tesseracts, for example, are featured prominently in A Wrinkle in Time, mitochondrial DNA in A Wind in the Door, organ regeneration in The Arm of the Starfish, and so forth.
"Madeleine was born on November 29th, 1918, and spent her formative years in New York City. Instead of her school work, she found that she would much rather be writing stories, poems and journals for herself, which was reflected in her grades (not the best). However, she was not discouraged.
At age 12, she moved to the French Alps with her parents and went to an English boarding school where, thankfully, her passion for writing continued to grow. She flourished during her high school years back in the United States at Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, vacationing with her mother in a rambling old beach cottage on a beautiful stretch of Florida Beach.
She went to Smith College and studied English with some wonderful teachers as she read the classics and continued her own creative writing. She graduated with honors and moved into a Greenwich Village apartment in New York. She worked in the theater, where Equity union pay and a flexible schedule afforded her the time to write! She published her first two novels during these years--A Small Rain and Ilsa--before meeting Hugh Franklin, her future husband, when she was an understudy in Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard. They married during The Joyous Season.
She had a baby girl and kept on writing, eventually moving to Connecticut to raise the family away from the city in a small dairy farm village with more cows than people. They bought a dead general store, and brought it to life for 9 years. They moved back to the city with three children, and Hugh revitalized his professional acting career. The family has kept the country house, Crosswicks, and continues to spend summers there.
As the years passed and the children grew, Madeleine continued to write and Hugh to act, and they to enjoy each other and life. Madeleine began her association with the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, where she has been the librarian and maintained an office for more than thirty years. After Hugh's death in 1986, it was her writing and lecturing that kept her going. She has now lived through the 20th century and into the 21st and has written over 60 books and keeps writing. She enjoys being with her friends, her children, her grandchildren, and her great grandchildren."
Copyright © 2007 Crosswicks, Ltd. (Madeleine L'Engle, President)
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