Other literary forms
Although Marilynne Robinson’s novels have been her most acclaimed works, her critical essays on topics ranging from environmental disaster to religion have been praised as valuable contributions to life and letters in the United States. Her book The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought (1998) explores the contours of modern culture as its ideas have been shaped by thinkers as diverse as John Calvin, Charles Darwin, and Sigmund Freud. In an earlier book, Mother Country (1989), Robinson examines the significant physical and environmental damage caused by Sellafield, a nuclear reprocessing plant in Britain. In addition to writing fiction, Robinson frequently contributes essays and reviews to such periodicals as The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New York Times Book Review.