Tuesday, October 25, 2011
More on Marilynne Robinson
Back in 2008, a review of Home showed up in a NY Times book review. This was an excerpt from that review that tells us a little more about Robinson: "Ten years ago, Robinson published 'The Death of Adam,' a collection of bracingly contrarian essays whose common thread was a defense of the Puritan intellectual and ethical tradition. Against the grain of much recent historiography — and in the teeth of a powerful literary tendency going back to the end of the 19th century — she defended John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards and their descendants against the usual charges of intolerance, prudery and parsimoniousness. Instead, she finds a tradition devoted to social justice, universal education and a chastening knowledge of human fallibility."