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Born November 29, 1918, she spent her formative years in New York City, although at the age of 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. Her high-school years were spent at Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina and vacationing with her mother in a rambling old cottage on a beautiful stretch of Florida Beach.
After studying English at Smith College with some exceptional teaching staff assisting her, she read the classics and was encouraged to continue her own creative writing. Graduating with honours, she moved into a Greenwich Village apartment back in New York, where working in a theatre, with Union pay rate and flexible hours, she had the time to write, and publish, her first two novels, A Small Rain and Ilsa.
She married her husband Hugh during those years, had a baby girl, and moved to Connecticut to raise the family away from the big city in a small dairy farm village with more cows than people. They moved back to New York with three children, and during all those years she continued to write while her husband pursued his acting career.
She attempted to sell A Wrinkle In Time to many publishers before Farrar, Straus & Giroux agreed to purchase the manuscript and publish the book - with the stipulation that the author should not expect much audience reaction. In turn, she had her contract written so that the company could forever have the rights to the book, anywhere in the universe, except in the Andromeda galaxy.
A Wrinkle In Time was an instant sensation and attracted critical praise that culminated in her receiving the Newbery Medal.
Her writing was prolific, her novels well accepted, and she had a reputation for being a kind and gentle person with family, friends and readers alike. She will be sorely missed.
She is survived by her two daughters, Josephine Jones of Goshen, CT and Maria Rooney and her husband John of Mystic, CT; her five grandchildren, Madeleine Jones Roy and her husband Rob, Charlotte Jones Voiklis and her husband John, Edward Jones, Bryson Rooney, all of New York City, and Alexander Rooney, of Mystic CT; and five great-grandchildren, Kosta and Magda Voiklis, and Cooper, Finn, and Scarlett Roy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Franklin, and her son, Bion Barnett Franklin.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be made to Crosswicks Foundation, Ltd, 924 West End Ave, apt 95, New York, New York, 10025.
Our collective condolences go out to the family.
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