Marilynne Robinson is the author of HOUSEKEEPING and MOTHER COUNTRY, which was a finalist for the National Book Award for nonfiction in 1989. She has taught at the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop since 1991. THE DEATH OF ADAM received the PEN/Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. In 1998, Robinson received a Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Iowa City.