Monday, October 24, 2011

The Literary Calvinism of Marilynne Robinson

I found this article by Peter Leithart to be extremely insightful: The Literary Calvinism of Marilynne Robinson.  Leithart writes of Home, "If you’re looking for plot twists and action, look elsewhere.  I found myself turning the pages of Home because I couldn’t wait for the next luminous, memorable, glistening sentence. Stylistic clarity and uncluttered simplicity are the qualities of Robinson’s work that puts her in the tradition of American literary Calvinism.  As Wood (James) says, 'There is a familiar American simplicity . . . which is Puritan and colloquial in its origin,' found in 'the Puritan sermon, in Jonathan Edwards, in Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs, in Mark Twain, in Willa Cather, in Hemingway.'"

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