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Marilynne Robinson's Gilead Among Obama's Favorite Books

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A recent New York Times article about the reading life of President Barack Obama notes that Obama has read and admired Workshop faculty member Marilynne Robinson's novel Gilead. Obama listed Gilead, Robinson's second novel, and winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, among his favorite books on his Facebook page, along with Melville's Moby-Dick, the Bible, Lincoln's collected writings, and Emerson's Self Reliance.

In this article, New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani explores the way Obama's reading life has shaped his candidacy and now, his presidency, observing that "Mr. Obama's love of fiction and poetry . . . has not only given him a heightened awareness of language. It has also imbued him with a tragic sense of history and a sense of the ambiguities of the human condition."

For more information:
From Books, New President Found Voice, Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times, 1/18/2009