Glorious Impossible


Author: Madeleine L'Engle


Illustrator: Giotto

L’ENGLE, Madeleine. The Glorious Impossible. Illustrated with frescoes from the Scrovegni Chapel by Giotto. NY: Simon & Schuster [1990]. Square 8vo, [64]pp. Navy cloth with spine stamped in gold and front decoratively stamped in gold. Color pictorial endpapers; 30 full-page color illustrations. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (light wrinkling at bottom of spine). Signed by the author, Newbery Medalist Madeleine L’Engle.

First edition.  The birth of Jesus was a Glorious Impossible. Like love, it cannot be explained, it can only be rejoiced in. And that is what master storyteller Madeleine L'Engle does in this compellingly written narrative, inspired by Giotto's glorious frescoes from the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua. With a simple clarity Madeleine L'Engle gives eloquent voice to the miracle of Jesus’s birth.