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by Marilynne Robinson

I have spent my life watching, not to see beyond the world, merely to see, great mystery, what is plainly before my eyes.

Works Cited

Excerpts from HOUSEKEEPING by Marilynne Robinson. Copyright © 1980 by Marilynne Robinson. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC.

Abernethy, Bob, and William Bole. The Life of Meaning: Reflections on Faith, Doubt, and Repairing the World. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2007.

Daniel, Missy. "Interview: Marilynne Robinson." Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, March 11, 2005.

Fox, Charles Elmer. Tales of an American Hobo. Introduction by Lynne M. Adrian. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1989.

Robinson, Marilynne. Gilead. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004.

Housekeeping. New York: Picador Books, 1980.

Interview with Dan Stone for The Big Read. January 9, 2008

The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought. New York: Mariner Books, 1998.

Works Consulted

Allsop, Kenneth. Hard Travellin': The Hobo and His History. New York: The New American Library, 1967.

Kimball, Roger. "John Calvin Got a Bad Rap." The New York Times, February 7, 1999.

Owens, Jill. "The Epistolary Marilynne Robinson." Website.

Plaster, Billie Jean, ed. "100 Years of Memories." Sandpoint Magazine. Summer 2001. Website.


Writers: Amy Stolls, David Kipen (including "Housekeeping at the Movies"), Mela Kirkpatrick, Dan Brady, and Erika Koss for the National Endowment for the Arts

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