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The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought

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Publisher Comments:

In these ten essays, Marilynne Robinson brilliantly addresses subjects that have become the territory of specialists — religion, history, the state of society. The writing is "contrarian in method and spirit," as she states in her introduction, but "Who can imagine how the things we call ideas live in the world, or how they change, or how they perish, or how they can be renewed?"

In the tradition of nineteenth-century novelists who turned to the essay, Marilynne Robinson offers a beautiful and authoritative approach to refining the ideas our culture has handed down to us. Whether considering how the McGuffey readers were inspired by Midwestern abolitionists; how Creationism, "long owned by the Religious Right," has spurred on contemporary Darwinism; or how John Calvin, who was a Frenchman in Geneva, points to America's continental origins, Robinson writes meticulously and with great conviction. Her essays are filled with the excitement of discovery.

Review:

"This is a grand, sweeping, blazing, brilliant, life-changing book. One turns the last page shaken, but also believing that if a voice such as Robinson's can be raised in our time, then a new reformation might be on its way. It is the most important book on religion and culture for America's self-understanding since Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, a book which, not incidentally, Robinson demolishes." Robert D. Richardson, Jr., author of Emerson: The Mind on Fire

Synopsis:

In the tradition of nineteenth-century novelists who turned to the essay, Marilynne Robinson offers a beautiful and authoritative approach to refining the ideas our culture has handed down to us. Whether considering how the McGuffey readers were inspired by midwestern abolitionists; how creationism, "long owned by the Religious Right," has spurred on contemporary Darwinism; or how John Calvin, who was a Frenchman in Geneva, points to America's continental origins, Robinson writes with great conviction. Her essays are filled with the excitement of discovery. "Who can imagine how the things we call ideas live in the world," she writes, "or how they change, or how they perish, or how they can be renewed." In these ten essays, Marilynne Robinson brilliantly addresses subjects that have become the territory of specialists - religion, history, the state of society. The writing is "contrarian in method and spirit," as she states in her introduction, but "Who can imagine how the things we call ideas live in the world, or how they change, or how they perish, or how they can be renewed?" In the tradition of nineteenth-century novelists who turned to the essay, Marilynne Robinson offers a beautiful and authoritative approach to refining the ideas our culture has handed down to us. Whether considering how the McGuffey readers were inspired by Midwestern abolitionists; how Creationism, "long owned by the Religious Right," has spurred on contemporary Darwinism; or how John Calvin, who was a Frenchman in Geneva, points to America's continental origins, Robinson writes meticulously and with great conviction. Her essays are filled with the excitement of discovery.

Synopsis:

In the tradition of nineteenth-century novelist who turned to the essay, Robinson offers a beautiful and authoritative approach to refining the ideas our culture has handed down to us.

About the Author

Marilynne Robinson is the author of HOUSEKEEPING and MOTHER COUNTRY, which was a finalist for the National Book Award for nonfiction in 1989. She has taught at the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop since 1991. THE DEATH OF ADAM received the PEN/Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. In 1998, Robinson received a Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Iowa City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618002061
Subtitle:
Essays on Modern Thought
Author:
Robinson, Marilynne
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Theology
Subject:
Calvinism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 18
Publication Date:
20000114
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.6 lb

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Product details 256 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618002061 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is a grand, sweeping, blazing, brilliant, life-changing book. One turns the last page shaken, but also believing that if a voice such as Robinson's can be raised in our time, then a new reformation might be on its way. It is the most important book on religion and culture for America's self-understanding since Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, a book which, not incidentally, Robinson demolishes."
"Synopsis" by , In the tradition of nineteenth-century novelists who turned to the essay, Marilynne Robinson offers a beautiful and authoritative approach to refining the ideas our culture has handed down to us. Whether considering how the McGuffey readers were inspired by midwestern abolitionists; how creationism, "long owned by the Religious Right," has spurred on contemporary Darwinism; or how John Calvin, who was a Frenchman in Geneva, points to America's continental origins, Robinson writes with great conviction. Her essays are filled with the excitement of discovery. "Who can imagine how the things we call ideas live in the world," she writes, "or how they change, or how they perish, or how they can be renewed." In these ten essays, Marilynne Robinson brilliantly addresses subjects that have become the territory of specialists - religion, history, the state of society. The writing is "contrarian in method and spirit," as she states in her introduction, but "Who can imagine how the things we call ideas live in the world, or how they change, or how they perish, or how they can be renewed?" In the tradition of nineteenth-century novelists who turned to the essay, Marilynne Robinson offers a beautiful and authoritative approach to refining the ideas our culture has handed down to us. Whether considering how the McGuffey readers were inspired by Midwestern abolitionists; how Creationism, "long owned by the Religious Right," has spurred on contemporary Darwinism; or how John Calvin, who was a Frenchman in Geneva, points to America's continental origins, Robinson writes meticulously and with great conviction. Her essays are filled with the excitement of discovery.
"Synopsis" by , In the tradition of nineteenth-century novelist who turned to the essay, Robinson offers a beautiful and authoritative approach to refining the ideas our culture has handed down to us.
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