The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought (Paperback)

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In this award-winning collection, the bestselling author of Gilead offers us other ways of thinking about history, religion, and society. Whether rescuing "Calvinism" and its creator Jean Cauvin from the repressive "puritan" stereotype, or considering how the McGuffey readers were inspired by Midwestern abolitionists, or the divide between the Bible and Darwinism, Marilynne Robinson repeatedly sends her reader back to the primary texts that are central to the development of American culture but little read or acknowledged today.

A passionate and provocative celebration of ideas, the old arts of civilization, and life's mystery, The Death of Adam is, in the words of Robert D. Richardson, Jr., "a grand, sweeping, blazing, brilliant, life-changing book."

About the Author


Marilynne Robinson is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for "her grace and intelligence in writing." She is the author of Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Robinson's nonfiction books include The Givenness of Things, When I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, The Death of Adam, and Mother Country, which was nominated for a National Book Award. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives in Iowa City.

Praise For…


“American culture is enriched by having the whole range of Marilynne Robinson's work” —Jane Vanderburgh, The Boston Globe

“A valuable contribution to American life and letters.” —Kathleen Norris

“A useful antidote to the increasingly crude and slogan-loving culture we inhabit.” —Doris Lessing

“Robinson's thinking is all in the service of humanity's survival, spiritually and environmentally.” —Charles Baxter

“One of Robinson's great merits as an essayist is her refusal to take her opinions secondhand. Her book is a goad to renewed curiosity.” —The New York Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312425326
ISBN-10: 0312425325
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: November 2005
Pages: 288
Language: English