Project Description

The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self
by Marilynne Robinson, Yale University Press

The brief

Secure review and interview coverage for this work of non-fiction by the Booker-prize winning author

Organise a UK publicity tour for the author

“She does not set herself to charm the reader, and this book has a greater density (and sophistication) of argument than many three times its length; but it is one of the most significant contributions yet to the current quarrels about faith, science and rationality. At once luminous and relentless, it challenges the ease with which we have got used to the systematic alibis in modern thought that lift the burden of the self and its history at the price of killing the human.”

Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, 28 May 2010

Press coverage highlights

Marilynne Robinson was interviewed by Tim Teeman for The Times Review section. The Guardian Review section ran an exclusive extract from the book which was featured on the front cover.

During her tour of the UK the author was interviewed widely and the book was reviewed by the broadsheets and literary press. She appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme Thinking Allowed and BBC Radio 3 Nightwaves. She also undertook several speaking engagements including an event at the Royal Society of Arts with Roger Scruton and Jonathan Rée.



RSA Event: After New Atheism: Where now for the God debate?

Panel: Marilynne Robinson, Roger Scruton, Jonathan Rée
Chair: Laurie Taylor
Link to event details on RSA website

Royal Society of Literature

‘For heaven’s sake’ – Marilynne Robinson in Conversation with Maya Jaggi
Chair: Anne Chisholm


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