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Robinson, Marilynne. THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS: ESSAYS. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 295 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of essays. One of the most valuable essay collections of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Marilynne Robinson's "The Givenness of Things". The summing-up of her themes and concerns as a writer/philosopher in late-career. "As a culture we have become less interested in the exploration of the glorious mind and more interested in creating and mastering technologies that will yield material well-being. But while cultural pessimism is always fashionable, there is still much to give us hope. Delivers an impassioned critique of our contemporary society while arguing that reverence must be given to who we are and what we are: Creatures of singular interest and value, despite our errors and depredations. Whether she is investigating how the work of the great thinkers of the past - Calvin, Locke, Bonhoeffer, Shakespeare - can infuse our lives or calling attention to the rise of the self-declared elite in American religious and political life, Robinson's peerless prose and boundless humanity are on display. A necessary call for us to find wisdom and guidance in our cultural heritage, and to offer grace to one another" (Publisher's blurb). In our Social Media Age, the only life worth living for Marilynne Robinson (whom President Obama, among other reader/admirers, regards as our moral philosopher) is the reflective, introspective life. She is quite devastating in her critique of American society as excited by and addicted to - not just afraid of - fear. All news reportage today is an extension of the horror-movie genre: Every single day, we are bombarded with "exciting" news (that we have become addicted to), cynical fear-mongering that falsely presents the world as an unfolding Armageddon, as World War 3. An absolute "must-have" title for Marilynne Robinson collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page (her preferred page for this book) by Marilynne Robinson. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. Robinson did not tour to promote the book. Instead, her publisher issued a very limited number of copies with signed bookplates to satisfy public demand. This comes with a copy of the 16-page Souvenir Program of the Printers Row Book Fair Chicago 2016, which she headlined, and during which her signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online command between $125 and $200 even if some of them are Later Printings. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award in 1981 for "Housekeeping". Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2004 and the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for "Gilead". "Housekeeping" was selected by The New York Times panel of writers, critics, and editors as one of the Top 20 works of American fiction of the last 25 years. One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARILYNNE ROBINSON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374298475. $100.00

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