Dare to Illuminate Life

Marilynne Robinson


F. Wendell Miller Professor of English and Creative Writing
Iowa Writers’ Workshop

College(s): Liberal Arts & Sciences

Marilynne Robinson’s prose is known for its luminous portrayals of ordinary life. Her novel Gilead won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2005, and her most recent novel, Lila, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 2014. Robinson, who is also an essayist and lecturer who writes and speaks on education, religion, and modern thought, is a recipient of a National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” President Obama is so fond of Robinson’s work that he interviewed her in fall 2015 for The New York Review of Books. More.

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