Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?: The Celebrated Speech

“Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?” is Madeleine L’Engle’s spirited defense of the responsibility of children’s literature to confront difficult questions, as she did in all her work, particularly her masterpiece A Wrinkle in Time.

This e-book contains the text of her famous speech as well as her introduction to the twenty-fifth anniversary of A Wrinkle in Time and a facsimile of a chapter from the original manuscript with Madeleine’s notations. The speech was originally delivered to The Library of Congress on November 16, 1983

Do I Dare Disturb the Universe - Madeleine L'Engle


“This is actually a speech [L’Engle] gave, but is written in her deep and thoughtful style, and a wonderful read. She explores the importance of handling difficult topics in children’s literature. She has several very interesting and moving things to say, and as always is thought-provoking.”
-Don E Baun, Amazon customer review, 2013

“Deeply thought provoking with a light touch. Would recommend especially to young writers of all ages. Her creative energy, vivid personality, and character makes one wish to have been a member of her circle of friends.”
– MGPope, Amazon customer review, 2014