Old Souls, New World

Given their influential emphases on self-scrutiny, civil order, literacy, and the exalted mind, we need to give the Puritans their due.

By Marilynne Robinson

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Marilynne Robinson is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” Her most recent book is The Givenness of Things: Essays (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015). She is also the author of Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; Home, winner of the Orange Prize; and Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award.

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