Sunday Nov. 26 is the birthday of Marilynne Robinson, the renowned novelist and essayist!
Marilynne Robinson’s next book, to be released in 2018, is What Are We Doing Here?: Essays
In anticipation of this essay collection, we offer the following list of ten of Robinson’s finest essays that can be read in full online!
You will find the title essay of this forthcoming collection
(which first appeared in The NY Review of Books) near the end of this list…
Enjoy these essays!!!
Save Our Public Universities
Originally appeared in Harper’s magazine…
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s lecture “The American Scholar,” which he delivered in 1837, implicitly raises radical questions about the nature of education, culture, and consciousness, and about their interactions. He urges his hearers to make the New World as new as it ought to be, urges his audience to outlive the constraints that colonial experience imposed on them and to create the culture that would arise from the full and honest use of their own intellects, minds, and senses. Any speaker might say the same to any audience. Every generation is in effect colonized by its assumptions, and also by the things it reveres. The future, in American experience, has always implied inevitable departure from the familiar, together with the possibility of shaping inevitable change.
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