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Percy, Walker 1916-1990

Works: 523 works in 1,427 publications in 18 languages and 67,638 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Science fiction  Humor  Records and correspondence  Bildungsromans  Humorous fiction  Biography 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Instrumentalist, Dedicatee, Honoree, Signer, Performer
Classifications: PS3566.E6912, 813.54
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The moviegoer by Walker Percy( Book )

129 editions published between 1960 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 3,675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kate's desperate struggles to maintain her sanity force Binx to relinquish his dreamworld
The thanatos syndrome by Walker Percy( Book )

41 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 2,645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Tom More, puzzled by the unusual actions of some of his female patients, uncovers a criminal experiment to control the behavior of the citizens of Feliciana, Louisiana through the use of drugs in the water supply
The second coming by Walker Percy( Book )

35 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 2,616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Widower Will Barrett of Linwood, North Carolina, and Allison Vaught--two alienated souls both questioning their faith in God--together heal one another and return to a Christian community that rejects their methods of healing
The last gentleman by Walker Percy( Book )

75 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 2,576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A whimsical tale of a young Southerner temporarily transplanted to the North
Love in the ruins; the adventures of a bad Catholic at a time near the end of the world by Walker Percy( Book )

67 editions published between 1971 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 2,496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amid the decadence and polarization of a future American society, a U.S. doctor discovers a promising cure for all the ills of the human psyche
Lancelot by Walker Percy( Book )

51 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in 9 languages and held by 2,384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dejected lawyer Lancelot Lamar murders his wife after discovering that he is not the father of her youngest daughter. He ends up in a mental institution where his story is told through his reflections on his disturbing past
Lost in the cosmos : the last self-help book by Walker Percy( Book )

26 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores human nature and presents insights on the self and its fears, sexuality, boredom, depression, and other aspects
The message in the bottle : how queer man is, how queer language is, and what one has to do with the other by Walker Percy( Book )

44 editions published between 1954 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects the award-winning novelist's essays on language, consciousness, and knowing, unified by a central concern with the relationships between symbol and meaning in thought, imagination, and communication
A confederacy of dunces by John Kennedy Toole( Book )

56 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole's hero, one Ignatius J. Reilly, is "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures" (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times)
The correspondence of Shelby Foote & Walker Percy by Shelby Foote( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the late 1940s, Walker Percy and Shelby Foote, friends since their teenage years in Greenville, Mississippi, began a correspondence that would last until Percy's death in 1990. Their letters provide a rich record of an enduring literary and personal friendship. Walker Percy, winner of the National Book Award, wrote six novels, two volumes of philosophical writings, and numerous essays on topics ranging from the aesthetics of bourbon drinking to race and integration in the South. Described variously as a Catholic novelist and philosophical writer, he was above all a gifted comic moralist, a writer of wit, and a keen observer of manners and mores. Shelby Foote began his career as a novelist, producing in short order five works of fiction that were greeted by favorable reviews and modest sales. Foote's reputation rests far less upon his fiction, however, than upon a massive three-volume narrative history of the Civil War that he started, almost on a lark, in the early 1950s and completed in 1974. In more recent years, Foote gained an even larger following as a result of his role as a commentator in Ken Burns's documentary The Civil War. The correspondence between Percy and Foote traces their lives from the beginning of their respective careers, when they were grappling most openly with their ambitions, artistic doubts, and assorted personal problems. Although they discuss such serious matters as the death of Foote's mother and Percy's battle with cancer, their letters are full of sly humor, good-natured ribbing, and a large dose of self-mockery
The moviegoer by Walker Percy( )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Binx Bolling is a moviegoer who lives for the bright, fleeting moments of celluloid fantasy he experiences at the movies. But real life butts in and soon he is more involved than he would like to be with a beauty who is drifting toward disaster
A thief of Peirce : the letters of Kenneth Laine Ketner and Walker Percy by Kenneth Laine Ketner( Book )

6 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walker Percy : a documentary film( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This film follows Percy's life from his youth in Alabama, where he was first confromted by his family's history of depression, his prolonged hospitalizations for tuberculosis, and his eventual success as a novelist. Interviewees discuss Walker's thoughts on faith, philosophy, and literature."--From the container
Tell about the South : voices in black & white( Visual )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of modern Southern literature from 1915 to present. Features literary careers of William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, Robert Penn Warren, Richard Wright, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Erskine Caldwell, Ralph Ellison, Walker Percy and many others
Novel writing in an apocalyptic time by Walker Percy( Book )

4 editions published between 1982 and 1986 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Remarks made at Millsaps College on the occasion of the inauguration of the Eudora Welty Chair of Southern Studies, March 15, 1982
Der Kinogeher : Roman by Walker Percy( Book )

14 editions published between 1980 and 2016 in German and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The state of the novel : dying art or new science? by Walker Percy( Book )

4 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love in the ruins by Walker Percy( Recording )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Auto Age is defunct. Buicks, Chryslers, and Pontiacs disfigure the landscape. Vines sprout in Manhattan. Wolves are seen in downtown Cleveland. And psychiatrist, mental hospital outpatient, and inventor Dr. Tom More has created a miraculous instrument: the Ontological Lapsometer, a kind of stethoscope of the human spirit. With it, he plans to cure mankind's spiritual flu. But first, he must survive Moira, Lola, and Ellen--and discover why so many living people are actually dead. Attempting to save the world from completely destroying itself, Tom ultimately begins to understand the quality and caprices of life and the uncontrollable vagaries of time and chance
The last gentleman by Walker Percy( )

9 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Williston Bibb Barrett is a rather unusual and inquisitive young Southerner with a special gift for cultivating the possibilities of life. He suffers from occasional bouts of amnesia and disconcerting attacks of déjà vu. He clings to certain old-fashioned notions of behavior, and yet he finds himself constantly impelled to eavesdrop on other people's conversations. And he lives with the secret suspicion that the great world catastrophe that everyone fears will happen has already happened. The novel follows Bill Barrett's adventures as he becomes involved in the complex troubles, loves, and fortunes of a Southern family, the Vaughts, who are living in the shadow of their youngest son's illness
Questions they never asked me by Walker Percy( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Audience level: 0.24 (from 0.03 for Percyscape ... to 0.86 for Der Kinoge ...)

The thanatos syndrome
Alternative Names
Walker Percy americký filosof a spisovatel

Walker Percy Amerikaans schrijver

Walker Percy amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Walker Percy amerikansk författare

Walker Percy amerikansk skribent

Walker Percy écrivain américain

Walker Percy scrittore britannico

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The thanatos syndromeThe second comingThe last gentlemanLove in the ruins; the adventures of a bad Catholic at a time near the end of the worldLancelotLost in the cosmos : the last self-help bookThe message in the bottle : how queer man is, how queer language is, and what one has to do with the otherA confederacy of dunces