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Ever since the 1981 publication of her stunning debut, Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson has built a sterling reputation as a writer of sharp, subtly moving prose, not only as a major American novelist (her second novel, Gilead, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize), but also as a rigorous thinker and incisive essayist. Her compelling and demanding collection The Death of Adam—in which she reflects upon her Presbyterian upbringing, investigates the roots of Midwestern abolitionism and mounts a memorable defence of Calvinism—is respected as a classic of the genre, and praised by Doris Lessing as “a useful antidote to the increasingly crude and slogan-loving culture we inhabit.” In When I Was a Child I Read Books, Robinson returns to and expands upon the themes that have preoccupied her work with renewed vigour.

In “Austerity as Ideology,” she tackles the global debt crisis and the charged political and social climate in America that makes finding a solution tothe countrys financial troubles so challenging. In “Open Thy Hand Wide,” she searches out the deeply embedded role of generosity in Christian faith. And in “When I Was a Child,” one of her most personal essays to date, an account of her childhood in Idaho becomes an exploration of individualism and the myth of the American West. Clear-eyed and forceful as ever, Robinson demonstrates once again why she is regarded as one of North Americas essential writers.

About the Author

MARILYNNE ROBINSON is the author of the novels Home, Gilead?winner of the Pulitzer Prize?and Housekeeping, and three books of non-fiction, Mother Country, The Death of Adam and Absence of Mind. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers? Workshop.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781443410939
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Essays
Author:
Robinson, Marilynne
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20130205
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
eng
Pages:
224

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