What Are We Doing Here?: Essays

Category: Book
By (author): Robinson, Marilynne
Subject:  LITERARY CRITICISM / General
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Published: February 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.00in x 5.18in
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From The Publisher*The Pulitzer Prize--winning author of Lila and Gilead returns with a collection of illuminating essays on theological, political, and contemporary themes.

Marilynne Robinson has plumbed the human spirit in her renowned novels, including Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith. Whether she is investigating how the work of great thinkers about America like Emerson and Tocqueville informs our political consciousness or discussing the way that beauty informs and disciplines daily life, Robinson's peerless prose and boundless humanity are on full display.
What Are We Doing Here? is a call for Americans to continue the tradition of those great thinkers and to remake political and cultural life as "deeply impressed by obligation [and as] a great theater of heroic generosity, which, despite all, is sometimes palpable still."
Review Quote*Praise for What Are We Doing Here?

"An intellectual autobiography-a starchy, ardent and, on occasion, surprisingly personal account of what it means to be the custodian of one's conscience in a world saturated with orthodoxies." -New York Times

"These essays from one of our most incisive thinkers and elegant writers examine how faith and values shaped the nation, the roots of our deep political divisions, and the American tendency to create troublesome mythologies about ourselves." -Boston Globe

"This is a collection driven by morality, sharp intellect and keen critical instincts, and by a deep investment in humanity." -Toronto Star

"Marilynne Robinson is one of the United States's leading intellectuals, tackling the big subjects of faith, fear and regret with a quiet clarity and rigour." -The Guardian

"One of America's finest novelists of the metaphysical . . . America needs minds like hers to keeps its intellectual culture alive." -Sunday Herald
Biographical NoteMARILYNNE ROBINSON is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for "her grace and intelligence in writing." In 2013, she was awarded South Korea's Park Kyong-ni Prize for her contribution to international literature. She is the author of Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and a finalist for the National Book Award; Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Robinson's non-fiction 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 lives in Iowa City, where she taught at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop for twenty-five years.