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When I Was a Child I Read Books: Book summary and reviews of When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson
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Since the 1981 publication of Marilynne Robinson's novel, Housekeeping - a stunning debut that was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize - she has built a sterling reputation not only as a writer of sharp, subtly moving prose, but also as 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."
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"Starred Review. [A] series of tightly developed essays, some personal but mostly more general, on the Big Themes: social fragmentation in modern America, human frailty, faith." - Publishers Weekly
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Marilynne Robinson Author Biography
Robinson was born on November 26, 1943* in Sandpoint, Idaho. After attending high school
in Sandpoint she went to Brown University, graduating in 1966; she then enrolled
in the graduate program in English at the University of Washington, where she
started writing her first novel, Housekeeping (1981), which tells the story of two girls growing up in rural Idaho in the mid-1900s and is
regarded by many as an American classic; it received the PEN/Hemingway award for
best first novel and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
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