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Marilynne Robinson

33rd annual Key West Literary Seminar

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN: Literature of the Spirit
January 8–11, 2015

Marilynne Robinson is the author of Gilead, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Her most recent novel, Home, won the 2008 L.A. Times Book Prize for fiction and the 2009 Orange Prize for fiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award for First Fiction and the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from the Academy of American Arts and Letters, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Robinson received a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award in 1990 and the prestigious Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts in 1998. A new novel, Lila, is forthcoming (2014) from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. She is also the author of four books of nonfiction, The Death of Adam, Absence of Mind, When I Was a Child I Read Books, and Mother Country, which was nominated for a National Book Award. In 2013 President Obama awarded her the National Humanities Medal for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” Dr. Robinson teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Online Resources

Interview with the Paris Review
‘The First Church of Marilynne Robinson’ (The New Yorker)
‘The Revelations of Marilynne Robinson’ (New York Times)

Selected Bibliography

Lila (2014)
When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays (2012)
Home (2008)
Gilead (2004)
The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought (1998)
Housekeeping (1980)

“To crave and to have are as like as a thing and its shadow. For when does a berry break upon the tongue as sweetly as when one longs to taste it, and when is the taste refracted into so many hues and savors of ripeness and earth, and when do our senses know any thing so utterly as when we lack it? And here again is a foreshadowing—the world will be made whole. For to wish for a hand on one’s hair is all but to feel it. So whatever we may lose, very craving gives it back to us again.” (Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping)

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