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Marilynne Robinson


Marilynne Robinson was born Marilynne Summers in 1943 in Sandpoint, Idaho. Her father was a timber harvester. She was an undergraduate at Pembroke College (part of Brown University), taking a B.A. in American literature, and took a Ph. D. on Shakespeare from the University of Washington. Her reading of 19th century US literature had a profound influence on her writing. She started writing her first novel while a visiting professor at the Université de Haute Bretagne, Rennes. Despite the success of Housekeeping, she did not publish another novel for twenty-four years, focusing on teaching and, while teaching at the University of Kent in England, on environmental politics. Her second novel, Gilead, was about religion and, like her other two novels, was published to great acclaim. She has continued to teach.

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Marilynne Robinson, “My Western Roots”
A life in writing: Marilynne Robinson
The First Church of Marilynne Robinson
Connie Bronson (story by Robinson)
Interview (scroll down)


1980 Housekeeping
1989 Mother Country: Britain, the Welfare State, and Nuclear Pollution
1998 The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought
2004 Gilead
2008 Home
2010 Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self
2012 When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays
2014 Lila
2016 The Givenness of Things (essays)
2018 What Are We Doing Here: Essays
2019 The Source of Self-Regard (essays)
2020 Jack (novel)
2024 Reading Genesis