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The death of Adam : essays on modern thought

Author: Marilynne Robinson
Publisher: New York : Picador, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Picador edView all editions and formats
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"My intention, my hope, is to revive interest in ... John Calvin. If I had been forthright about my subject, I doubt that the average reader would have read this far." That's the introduction to one essay, but it could also apply to most of Robinson's (Housekeeping) first book in nearly a decade. Among the 10 essays here is one on the idea of wilderness and an intensely personal meditation on growing up  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marilynne Robinson
ISBN: 0312425325 9780312425326
OCLC Number: 62173392
Notes: "First published in the United States by Mariner Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Company [c1998]"--Title page verso.
Description: 262 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Darwinism --
Facing reality --
Family --
Dietrich Bonhoeffer --
McGuffey and the abolitionists --
Puritans and prigs --
Marguerite de Navarre --
Marguerite de Navarre, Part II --
Psalm eight --
Wilderness --
Tyranny of petty coercion.
Responsibility: Marilynne Robinson.

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In these ten essays, Robinson brilliantly addresses subjects that have become the territory of specialists--religion, history, the state of society. The writing is "contrarian in method and spirit,"  Read more...

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