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Marilynne Robinson named in Time’s top 100

Marilynne Robinson Tuesday 10 May 2016

Liverpool Hope University’s Honorary Doctor of Letters Marilynne Robinson has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who received an Honorary Degree at the University’s 2015 Summer Graduation, was recognised for her skilful writing.

Irish novelist and essayist Colm Tóibín described Marilynne’s work as “serious without being solemn” in a citation for the magazine.

He said: “They exude a sense of sensuous feeling but also rigorous thinking. She is concerned with how we should live, with the idea of the world as a sort of gift to us, which requires us to notice what we have been offered, and to study it, to appreciate it and to dramatize its textures and contours.

“Her novels are replete with a sense of felt life, with a deep and abiding sympathy for her characters and a full understanding of their inner lives. In her essays, in which she displays a questioning spirit, she is concerned with belief and tradition, with the relationship between God and the mind and the word.

“Robinson is determined to be as intelligent as possible, but also to offer images and impressions that are rich in their implications, which allow for the mysterious as well as the concrete, the uncertain as well as the sure.”

Dr Robinson, who is also a winner of the National Humanities Medal and the Orange Prize, was recognised by Liverpool Hope for both her fiction and non-fiction work, which explores issues of human thought-science, consciousness and religion.

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