Walker Percy, Philosopher

Author: Leslie Marsh
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319779680
Category: Philosophy
Page: 280
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Though Walker Percy is best known as a novelist, he was first and foremost a philosopher. This collection offers a sustained examination of key aspects to his more technical philosophy (primarily semiotics and the philosophy of language) as well as some of his lesser known philosophical interests, including the philosophy of place and dislocation. Contributors expound upon Percy’s multifaceted philosophy, an invitation to literature and theology scholars as well as to philosophers who may not be familiar with the philosophical underpinnings of his work.

Walker Percy's Sacramental Landscapes

The Search in the Desert
Author: Allen Pridgen
Publisher: Susquehanna University Press
ISBN: 9781575910406
Category: Fiction
Page: 258
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Sometimes oblivious to the sacramental signs of life, sometimes clear-eyed, both Will at the end of The Second Coming and Tom at the end of The Thanatos Syndrome finally assent to the wondrous possibilities these signs signify. They begin to believe in the possibilities for a life that waits for them on the horizon and down the road."--BOOK JACKET.

Der Kinogeher

Author: Walker Percy
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518744887
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
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Die Filmbesuche des Kinogehers lassen sich nicht als triviale Zerstreuung verstehen, sie offenbaren ihm die Einsamkeit und Hilflosigkeit seiner Suche. Doch jene Suchen, von denen die Filme erzählen, sind verfälscht: Der Held und Außenseiter endet glücklich als Konformist in der Menge. Die Mutter des Kinogehers, die ihr Kind der vornehmen Verwandtschaft überließ, als sie den einfachen zweiten Mann heiratete, eine Schafferin, die das hier und jetzt Notwendige ohne viel Worte tut, gibt dem Sohn einen Hinweis, als sie in ihrer unsentimentalen Art ihm von der Unrast und den Depressionen seines Vaters, des Arztes, berichtet. Schließlich findet der Kinogeher einen Weg, auf dem er zu suchen beginnen kann. Der Weg führt fort von leicht verdientem Geld und schönen Mädchen, fort auch von spektakulärer Leistung ... »Eine seltene wahre Geschichte« nennt der Üersetzer Peter Handke den Roman, den ersten des Autors, der 1961 mit dem National Book Award ausgezeichnet wurde und Walker Percy sofort bekannt machte.

Walker Percy

novelist and philosopher
Author: Jan Nordby Gretlund,Karl-Heinz Westarp
Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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Lost in the Cosmos

The Last Self-Help Book
Author: Walker Percy
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453216340
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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“A mock self-help book designed not to help but to provoke . . . to inveigle us into thinking about who we are and how we got into this mess.” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Filled with quizzes, essays, short stories, and diagrams, Lost in the Cosmos is National Book Award–winning author Walker Percy’s humorous take on a familiar genre—as well as an invitation to serious contemplation of life’s biggest questions. One part parody and two parts philosophy, Lost in the Cosmos is an enlightening guide to the dilemmas of human existence, and an unrivaled spin on self-help manuals by one of modern America’s greatest literary masters.

A Political Companion to Walker Percy

Author: Peter Augustine Lawler,Brian A. Smith
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813141907
Category: Political Science
Page: 272
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In 1962, Walker Percy (1916--1990) made a dramatic entrance onto the American literary scene when he won the National Book Award for fiction with his first novel, The Moviegoer. A physician, philosopher, and devout Catholic, Percy dedicated his life to understanding the mixed and somewhat contradictory foundations of American life as a situation faced by the wandering and won-dering human soul. His controversial works combined existential questioning, scientific investigation, the insight of the southern stoic, and authentic religious faith to produce a singular view of humanity's place in the cosmos that ranks among the best American political thinking. An authoritative guide to the political thought of this celebrated yet complex American author, A Political Companion to Walker Percy includes seminal essays by Ralph C. Wood, Richard Reinsch II, and James V. Schall, S.J., as well as new analyses of Percy's view of Thomistic realism and his reaction to the American pursuit of happiness. Editors Peter Augustine Lawler and Brian A. Smith have assembled scholars of diverse perspectives who provide a necessary lens for interpreting Percy's works. This comprehensive introduction to Percy's "American Thomism" is an indispensable resource for students of American literature, culture, and politics.

The Art of Walker Percy

Stratagems for Being
Author: Panthea Reid Broughton
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 9780807124550
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 336
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The writings of Walker Percy, as Panthea Broughton notes in her introduction, are at once both accessible and inaccessible. Because they tempt readers to identify with characters and recognize ideas, they have gained a large and enthusiastic following. But because they are subtle and complicated, they defy attempts to reduce them to transparencies. Indeed, Percy’s fiction and nonfiction have a curious, baffling quality that eludes all but the most scrupulously thoughtful and sensitive readers. Through his close alignment with European novelists and philosophers, this native of Alabama has given to American fiction a classic tone that is lacking in the work of such twentieth-century writers as Hemingway and Fitzgerald. In The Art of Walker Percy Broughton has brought together essays from fifteen scholars. Writing from a conviction of the centrality and worth of Walker Percy’s work, as well as from the idea that fresh criticism is of value not only to readers but to living authors as well, the essayists present diverse approaches to understanding his art. Cleanth Brooks, in his essay, compares Percy with Eric Voegelin and notes the similarity of their respective approaches to the moral problems of modern man. Martin Luschei, in an examination of the technique of The Moviegoer, shows how Percy presents his fictional world through the use of filmic art. William Poteat’s critique of The Message in the Bottle deals with Percy’s original contribution to the philosophy of language. Ted Spivey offers a structuralist analysis of Percy’s work and suggests that in Lancelot Percy’s quest takes a new direction. Still other contributors approach Percy through more traditional rubrics, such as the South, Kierkegaard’s stages, dualism, and theology, in new and revelatory ways. Written specifically for this new collection, their essays present the reader with a sense of how many appropriate “stratagems” there are for seeing the meaning in Percy. As they bring his work into focus, therefore, they assist Walker Percy in his avowed strategy of helping us see the world.

More Conversations with Walker Percy

Author: Walker Percy,Lewis A. Lawson,Victor A. Kramer
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9780878056248
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 248
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These collected interviews, like a visit with Percy at his home on the Bogue Falaya River, provide refreshing close-up encounters with one of America's most celebrated writers. These twenty-seven interviews cover a period of twenty-two years, from the time of the publication of Percy's first novel, The Moviegoer, in 1961, until 1983, when he was interviewed about his friendship with Thomas Merton. This volume is the second in the Literary Conversations series. These unabridged interviews, collected from a variety of sources, will give reading pleasure to general readers who wish to know Percy and his works more closely, and they will be of great use to Percy scholars.

Pilgrim in the Ruins

A Life of Walker Percy
Author: Jay Tolson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780807844472
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 544
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When The Moviegoer, an extraordinary first novel by an unknown Louisiana author, won the National Book Award in 1962, it marked the arrival of an exceptional literary talent. With his five successive novels and his wide-ranging philosophical and occasional essays, Walker Percy shored up his reputation as one of America's greatest writers - an ironic moralist and perhaps the shrewdest chronicler of life in the New South. Yet even by the time of his death in 1990, little was known about this intensely private man. Based on extensive interviews, written with access to Percy's letters and manuscripts, Jay Tolson has fashioned the first major biography of the writer, an authoritative portrait that brings Percy alive as it illuminates his distinguished body of work. We see Percy's life and his brilliant career against the background of the American South, whose colorful and tragic history is rooted deeply in the hearts and minds of its most talented sons and daughters. With a novelist's eye for character and the judgment of an informed critic, Tolson captures the lifelong drama of genius, always attentive to its artistic, psychological and spiritual dimensions. Percy was the scion of a proud, honorable and accomplished family, a clan haunted by a crippling streak of melancholy that issued repeatedly in suicides, including the self-inflicted deaths of Walker Percy's father and grandfather. Tolson depicts the struggle of Percy's life and the heroism with which he battled his family demons (and his own tubercular condition) and worked his way toward a writing career. Here is the young Percy in the days after his father's death, traveling with his brother and his mother (who would soon dieherself, in mysterious circumstances) from his childhood home of Birmingham, Alabama, to Athens, Georgia, and then on to Greenville, Mississippi, and the sprawling house of his Uncle Will. Adopted at 16 by this remarkable "bachelor-poet-lawyer-planter", the most important single influence on the future author's life, Percy came to maturity in what he later described as an "all-male household visited regularly by other poets, politicians, psychiatrists, sociologists, black preachers, folk singers, Civil Rights leaders and itinerant guitar players". We follow Percy as he travels north to New York, where he attended medical school and - with the help of a psychiatrist - began to make sense of his complex family legacy. Tolson details Percy's movement toward the Catholic Church, his first struggles as a writer, his early involvement with the publishing world, the steady support of his friend and fellow writer Shelby Foote, and a demanding apprenticeship under the supervision of the gifted novelist Caroline Gordon and her husband, the late Allen Tate. Percy emerged an altogether distinctive writer: a Catholic artist who, like Flannery O'Connor, worked in a predominantly Protestant culture; an heir to the literary traditions of the Southern Renaissance who adopted the strategies of modern European fiction and philosophy to forge his own narrative art. Tolson guides us through the creation of both the unpublished and published novels - from The Charterhouse through The Thanatos Syndrome - as well as the philosophical works that underlie and complement Percy's fiction. The biographer shows us how the demands of his work were eased by rich friendships, including those with fellow writers ThomasMerton, Eudora Welty and Robert Coles. We learn also about a marriage of abiding strength, and of the love and care that Percy and his wife Bunt gave to the raising of their two daughters, one of them all but deaf from birth. Above all, we see the man in all his shifting moods, "the gracious, easy, almost avuncular manner straining against a powerful, furious intensity, an almost furious energy". Here is the dark tragedy, the humor, and the hard-earned wisdom of a life whose outward calm concealed an internal drama - an unrelenting fight against hopelessness and despair. Percy's story is that of a writer and moralist who made enduring art out of his search for truth.

Walker Percy's Search for Community

Author: John F. Desmond
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820325880
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 271
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In this criticism of Percy, John F. Desmond traces the writer's enduring concerns with community. These concerns, Desmond argues, were grounded in the realism of such Scholastics as Aquinas and Duns Scotus.

Seers and Judges

American Literature as Political Philosophy
Author: Christine Dunn Henderson
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739103197
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 170
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Alexis de Tocqueville asserted that America had no truly great literature, and that American writers merely mimicked the British and European traditions of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This new edited collection masterfully refutes Tocqueville's monocultural myopia and reveals the distinctive role American poetry and prose have played in reflecting and passing judgment upon the core values of American democracy. The essays, profiling the work of Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Updike, Edith Wharton, Walt Whitman, Henry James, Willa Cather, Walker Percy, and Tom Wolfe, reveal how America's greatest writers have acted as society's most ardent cheerleaders and its most penetrating critics. Christine Dunn Henderson's exciting new work offers literature as a portal through which to view the philosophical principles that animate America's political order and the mores which either reinforce or undermine them.

Walker Percy Remembered

A Portrait in the Words of Those Who Knew Him
Author: David Horace Harwell
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807877487
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 200
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Walker Percy (1916-1990), the reclusive southern author most famous for his 1961 novel The Moviegoer, spent much of his adult life in Covington, Louisiana. In the spirit of traditional southern storytelling, this biography of Percy takes its shape from candid interviews with his family, close friends, and acquaintances. In thirteen interviews, we get to know Percy through his lifelong friend Shelby Foote, Percy's brothers LeRoy and Phin, his former priest, his housekeeper, and former teachers, among others--all in their own words. Over the course of the interviews, readers learn intimate details of Percy's writing process; his interaction with community members of different ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds; and his commitment to civil rights issues. What emerges is a multidimensional portrait of Percy as a man, a friend, and a family member.

Walker Percy

The Last Catholic Novelist
Author: Kieran Quinlan
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 9780807122983
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 242
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A study of the theological principles and religious views that underlie Percy's writing--primarily his belief in the validity and efficacy of the Roman Catholic faith. Quinlan (English, U. of Alabama- Birmingham) traces events that molded the novelist's sensibility; presents close readings of The Moviegoer, The Last Gentleman, Love in the Ruins, and Thanatos Syndrome; and offers some new and controversial conclusions. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Masterplots II.

American fiction series. Supplement
Author: Frank Northen Magill
Publisher: N.A
Category: History
Page: N.A
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Wingless Chickens, Bayou Catholics, and Pilgrim Wayfarers

Constructions of Audience and Tone in O'Connor, Gautreaux, and Percy
Author: L. Lamar Nisly
Publisher: Mercer University Press
ISBN: 0881462144
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 254
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Flannery O'Connor, Tim Gautreaux, and Walker Percy, are all Catholic writers from the South—and seem to embody very fully both parts of that label. Yet as quickly becomes clear in their writing, their fiction employs markedly different tones and modes of addressing their audience. O'Connor seems intent on shocking her reader, whom she anticipates will be hostile to her deepest beliefs. Gautreaux gently and humorously engages his reader, inviting his expected sympathetic audience to embrace the characters' needed moral growth. Percy satirically lampoons an array of social ills and failings in the Church, as he tries to get his audience laughing with him while he makes his deadly serious point about the flaws he finds in the church and larger culture. Why do these three writers assume such divergent images of their audience? Why do texts by three writers who each embrace their Southern locale and their Catholic beliefs seem to have so little in common? To answer these questions, Nisly helps readers understand these authors' fiction by examining the role that place and time had in shaping each author's idea of an audience—and, by extension, his or her manner of addressing that audience. More specifically, Nisly focuses on each author's experience of Catholic community and each author's placement in relation to the Second Vatican Council. Linking together biographical information and a reading of their fiction, Nisly argues that O'Connor's, Gautreaux's, and Percy's sense of audience has been shaped in significant ways by each author's own local experience of Catholicism in his or her home region as well as the larger, global changes of Vatican II that transformed Roman Catholicism.