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Robinson, Marilynne

Overview
Works: 172 works in 1,005 publications in 26 languages and 34,140 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Christian fiction  Epistolary fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Essays  History  American essays  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Thesis advisor, Narrator, Bibliographic antecedent, Interviewee, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3568.O3125, 813.54
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Gilead : a novel by Marilynne Robinson( Book )

151 editions published between 2000 and 2019 in 22 languages and held by 5,813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He "preached men into the Civil War," then, at age fifty, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle. Reverend Ames writes to his son about the tension between his father--an ardent pacifist--and his grandfather, whose pistol and bloody shirts, concealed in an army blanket, may be relics from the fight between the abolitionists and those settlers who wanted to vote Kansas into the union as a slave state. And he tells a story of the sacred bonds between fathers and sons, which are tested in his tender and strained relationship with his namesake, John Ames Boughton, his best friend's wayward son. This is also the tale of another remarkable vision--not a corporeal vision of God but the vision of life as a wondrously strange creation. It tells how wisdom was forged in Ames's soul during his solitary life, and how history lives through generations, pervasively present even when betrayed and forgotten
Home by Marilynne Robinson( Book )

90 editions published between 2008 and 2019 in 14 languages and held by 4,458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Glory Boughton, aged thirty-eight, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Soon her brother, Jack--the prodigal son of the family, gone for twenty years--comes home too, looking for refuge and trying to make peace with a past littered with tormenting trouble and pain
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson( Book )

165 editions published between 1980 and 2018 in 19 languages and held by 4,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ruthie and her younger sister, Lucille, grow toward adulthood under the untraditional care of Sylvie, the transient sister of their dead mother, in Fingerbone, the small Far West town on the glacial lake where their grandfather died in a train wreck and their mother drove off a cliff
Lila by Marilynne Robinson( Book )

81 editions published between 2014 and 2019 in 11 languages and held by 4,069 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church -- the only available shelter from the rain -- and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the days of suffering that preceded her newfound security. Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand-to-mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond and a ragged blade to protect them. But despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life is laced with moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to harmonize the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle Christian worldview of her husband that paradoxically judges those she loves
When I was a child I read books by Marilynne Robinson( Book )

34 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this new collection of incisive essays, Robinson returns to the themes which have preoccupied her work: the role of faith in modern life, the inadequacy of fact, the contradictions inherent in human nature
Absence of mind : the dispelling of inwardness from the modern myth of the self by Marilynne Robinson( Book )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Danish and held by 1,583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this ambitious book, acclaimed writer Marilynne Robinson applies her astute intellect to some of the most vexing topics in the history of human thought-- science, religion, and consciousness. Crafted with the same care and insight as her award-winning novels, Absence of Mind challenges postmodern atheists who crusade against religion under the banner of science. In Robinson's view, scientific reasoning does not denote a sense of logical infallibility, as thinkers like Richard Dawkins might suggest. Instead, in its purest form, science represents a search for answers. It engages the problem of knowledge, an aspect of the mystery of consciousness, rather than providing a simple and final model of reality"--Jacket
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson( Recording )

64 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 1,245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1956, as a minister approaches the end of his life, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable family secrets
The givenness of things : essays by Marilynne Robinson( Book )

22 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The spirit of our times can appear to be one of joyless urgency. As a culture we have become less interested in the exploration of the glorious mind, and more interested in creating technologies for material well-being. But while cultural pessimism is always fashionable, there is still much to give us hope. In The Givenness of Things, Marilynne Robinson delivers an impassioned critique of our contemporary society while arguing that reverence must be given to who we are and what we are: creatures of singular interest and value, despite our errors and depredations. Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her award-winning novels, and in her new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern predicament and the mysteries of faith. These seventeen essays examine the ideas that have inspired and provoked one of our finest writers throughout her life. Whether she is investigating how the work of the great thinkers of the past--Calvin, Locke, Bonhoeffer, and Shakespeare--can infuse our lives, or calling attention to the rise of the self-declared élite in American religious and political life, Robinson's peerless prose and boundless humanity are on display. Exquisite and bold, this is a call for us to find wisdom and guidance in our cultural heritage, and to offer grace to one another--Adapted from book jacket
What are we doing here? : essays by Marilynne Robinson( Book )

9 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 989 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new essay collection assesses today's political climate and the mysteries of faith, from the influence of intellectual minds on society's political consciousness to the way that beauty informs and disciplines daily life
The death of Adam : essays on modern thought by Marilynne Robinson( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 918 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the tradition of nineteenth-century novelists who turned to the essay, Marilynne Robinson offers an authoritative approach to refining the ideas our culture has handed down to us. Whether considering how the McGuffey readers were inspired by midwestern abolitionists; how creationism, "long owned by the Religious Right," has spurred on contemporary Darwinism; or how John Calvin, who was a Frenchman in Geneva, points to America's continental origins, Robinson writes with great conviction."--Jacket
Home : a novel by Marilynne Robinson( Recording )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With her father ailing, Glory Boughton has returned home to Gilead to care for him. Shortly after she returns, her brother Jack shows up after a twenty year absence. As the family copes with the death of their patriarch, they learn valuable lessons about love, death, and the fortitude of familial bonds
Lila : a novel by Marilynne Robinson( Recording )

21 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lila, homeless and alone, steps inside a small-town Iowa church and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence. Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to reconcile their days of hardship with the gentle Christian worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson( Recording )

37 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following the lives of Ruth and her younger sister throughout their haphazard adventures. The sister's mother drove off a cliff to her death leaving the rest of the family to take care of them. First their grandmother, then their bumbling great-aunts, and finally Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. Ruth and Lucille's struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival
The awakening : a solitary soul by Kate Chopin( Book )

29 editions published between 1899 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1899, this beautiful, brief novel so disturbed critics and the public that it was banished for decades afterwards. Now, widely read and admired, this book has been hailed as an early vision of woman's emancipation. This sensuous book tells of a woman's abandonment of her family, her seduction, and her awakening to desires and passions that threaten to consume her. Here, a woman in search of self discovery turns away from convention and society, and toward the primal, irresistibly attracted to nature and the senses. -- Publisher description
Mother country by Marilynne Robinson( Book )

11 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Britain, the welfare state and nuclear pollution"--Jacket
An Introduction to Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson by Dan Stone( Recording )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping (1980) tells the story of Ruthie, a quiet, friendless girl living in a remote Idaho town called Fingerbone. The train that travels into the cold mountains of Fingerbone crosses a lake that has claimed the lives of Ruthie's grandfather by accident and her mother by suicide, leaving Ruthie and her younger sister Lucille with their grandmother, Sylvia Foster. When Sylvia passes away, her two sisters-in-law move to Fingerbone to take care of the girls. Though pleasant and dutiful, Misses Lily and Nona Foster enjoy their solitude. After the first hard winter, they leave Ruthie and Lucille in the hands of a younger guardian, the girls' aunt Sylvie, who returns home after sixteen years. Sylvie, their mother's younger sister, is a boxcar drifter content with her itinerant lifestyle, but she commits to staying in Fingerbone to keep house and raise the girls. She has little experience with either and becomes like a "mermaid in a ship's cabin." Most days, she wanders to the lake by the train tracks and drifts in a stolen rowboat. In a house soon covered in soot and cobwebs, cans and newspapers, she feeds the girls from jelly jars and plates made from detergent boxes. Ruthie takes it all in stride, but her sister, Lucille, sees the other children in town and wants no part of Sylvie's world. Whereas the sisters are inseparable through much of their young lives, they begin to grow apart in their teenage years. Lucille matures into a prissy woman who swings her hips and sews her own dresses; Ruthie remains a tall, gangly child with a buzzard's hunch and a distaste for school. Soon their lives, like the house and the town and their dark family history, get lost in the tangled overgrowth of loneliness and neglect. The family ties that have kept them together can hold them no more. In language as lyrical and lush as the landscapes it describes, Robinson tells a haunting story of the permanence of loss and the transitory nature of love. She reminds us that, despite the fragility of human relationships, our desires to hold onto them are what make us whole
Spillville & Gilead : chamber music by Harvey Sollberger( )

1 edition published in 2012 and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What are we doing here? : essays by Marilynne Robinson( Recording )

6 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this new essay collection, Marilynne Robinson trains her incisive mind on our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith
The sound and the fury : the corrected text by William Faulkner( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1929, Faulkner created his "heart's darling," the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers--the idiot Benjy, the neurotic suicidal Quentin and the monstrous Jason. From the Trade Paperback edition. The novel reveals the story of the disintegration of the Compson family, doomed inhabitants of Faulkner's mythical Yoknapatawpha County, through the interior monologues of the idiot Benjy and his brothers, Quentin and Jason
When I was a child I read books : essays by Marilynne Robinson( )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ever since the 1981 publication of her stunning debut, Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson has built a sterling reputation as a writer of sharp, subtly moving prose, not only as a major American novelist (her second novel, Gilead, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize) but also a rigorous thinker and incisive essayist. Her compelling and demanding collection The Death of Adam in which she reflected on her Presbyterian upbringing, investigated the roots of Midwestern abolitionism, and mounted a memorable defense of Calvinism is respected as a classic of the genre, praised by Doris Lessing as a useful antidote to the increasingly crude and slogan-loving culture we inhabit. ' In When I Was a Child I Read Books she returns to and expands upon the themes which have preoccupied her work with renewed vigor. In Austerity as Ideology, ' she tackles the global debt crisis, and the charged political and social political climate in this country that makes finding a solution to our financial troubles so challengin. In Open Thy Hand Wide ' she searches out the deeply embedded role of generosity in Christian faith. And in When I Was a Child, ' one of her most personal essays to date, an account of her childhood in Idaho becomes an exploration of individualism and the myth of the American West. Clear-eyed and forceful as ever, Robinson demonstrates once again why she is regarded as one of our essential writers
 
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Gilead : a novel
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HomeHousekeepingWhen I was a child I read booksAbsence of mind : the dispelling of inwardness from the modern myth of the selfGileadThe death of Adam : essays on modern thoughtHome : a novelHousekeeping
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Marilynne Robinson Amerikaans schrijfster

Marilynne Robinson scrittrice e saggista statunitense

Marilynne Robinson US-amerikanische Romanautorin und Essayistin

Marilynne Robinsonová

Robinson M. 1943-

Robinson, Marilin 1944-

Robinsone, Merilina

Summers, Marilynne 1943-

Summers, Marilynne 1944-

Summers Robinson, Marilynne

Робинсон, Мерилин

מרילין רובינסון

ראבינסאן, מרילין 1943-

רובינסון, מרילין

רובינסון, מרילין 1944-

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مارلين روبنسون روائية أمريكية

مارلین رابینسون

میریلِن رابنسن

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マリリン・ロビンソン

ロビンソン, マリリン

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