First Edition of Marilynne Robinson's The Death of Adam; Lengthily Inscribed by Her
The Death of Adam.
Item Number: 1002
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Warmly inscribed by Marilynne Robinson on the half title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
In this award-winning collection, Marilynne Robinson offers other ways of thinking about history, religion, and society. Whether rescuing "Calvinism" and its creator Jean Calvin from the repressive "puritan" stereotype, or considering how the McGuffey readers were inspired by Midwestern abolitionists, or the divide between the Bible and Darwinism, 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."