Sunday Nov. 26 is the birthday of Marilynne Robinson, the renowned novelist and essayist!
The next collection of Marilynne Robinson essays — 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 the finest Marilynne Robinson 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!!!
of Marilynne Robinson
in Appreciation of Robinson
Originally appeared in The New York Review of Books
and was published in The Givenness of Things: Essays
There is something I have felt the need to say, that I have spoken about in various settings, extemporaneously, because my thoughts on the subject have not been entirely formed, and because it is painful to me to have to express them. However, my thesis is always the same, and it is very simply stated, though it has two parts: first, contemporary America is full of fear. And second, fear is not a Christian habit of mind. As children we learn to say, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.” We learn that, after his resurrection, Jesus told his disciples, “Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” Christ is a gracious, abiding presence in all reality, and in him history will finally be resolved.
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