Marilynne Robinson is the author of Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Home, winner of the Orange Prize, the L.A. Times Book Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Robinson's nonfiction books include 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 Writersâ€™ Workshop and lives in Iowa City. Read More ›Bio last modified November 1st, 2012.
In her most recent collection of essays, The Givenness of Things, Marilynne Robinson once again proves to be one of the most important voices for Modern North America. In "Fear," she provides a timely analysis of the pervasive fears smothering American culture. Rather than give in to the alarmism, she reminds us that the best antidote to fear is not more security and higher walls, it's more faith, hope, and love. .