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Percy, Walker 1916-1990

Works: 594 works in 1,970 publications in 19 languages and 70,345 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Humorous fiction  Bildungsromans  Novels  Interviews  Science fiction  Humor  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Personal correspondence 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Instrumentalist, Honoree, Performer, Other, Dedicatee, Creator, Signer
Classifications: PS3566.E6912, 813.54
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Most widely held works about Walker Percy
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Most widely held works by Walker Percy
The moviegoer by Walker Percy( Book )

223 editions published between 1960 and 2019 in 11 languages and held by 4,073 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kate's desperate struggles to maintain her sanity force Binx to relinquish his dreamworld
A confederacy of dunces by John Kennedy Toole( Book )

67 editions published between 1980 and 2019 in 5 languages and held by 3,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meet Ignatius J. Reilly, a 30-year-old medievalist who lives at home with his mother in New Orleans, and pens his magnum opus on Big Chief writing pads he keeps hidden under his bed. Considered by many a comic masterpiece that memorably evokes the city of New Orleans and whose robust protagonist is a modern-day Falstaff, Don Quixote, or Gargantua; other are not amused by a fat, flatulent, gluttonous, loud, lying, hypocritical, self-deceiving, self-centered blowhard who masturbates to memories of a dog
The last gentleman by Walker Percy( Book )

123 editions published between 1966 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 2,714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A whimsical tale of a young Southerner temporarily transplanted to the North
The second coming by Walker Percy( Book )

66 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 2,682 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 thanatos syndrome by Walker Percy( Book )

79 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in 9 languages and held by 2,644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Returning home to the small Louisiana parish where he had practiced psychiatry. Dr. Tom More quickly notices something strange occuring with the townfolk, a loss of inhibitions. Behind this mystery is a dangerous plot to drug the local water supply, and a discovery that takes More into the underside of the American search for happiness."--Page 4 of cover
Love in the ruins : the adventures of a bad Catholic at a time near the end of the world by Walker Percy( Book )

99 editions published between 1971 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,591 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 )

85 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in 10 languages and held by 2,482 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 )

35 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,882 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last self-help book, provocative, funny, infuriating, engaging. It may not change your life, but it will probably blow your mind
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 )

45 editions published between 1954 and 2011 in English and held by 1,646 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
The correspondence of Shelby Foote & Walker Percy by Shelby Foote( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 810 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 moviegoer by Walker Percy( )

21 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 303 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 )

9 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beginning in 1984 and ending in 1990, the year of his death, Percy corresponded with Kenneth Laine Ketner about the "semiotic" of Peirce. Their letters - honest, instructive, and often filled with down-home humor - record an epistolary friendship of two men both passionately interested in Peirce's theory of signs. This volume of letters provides a rich philosophical perspective for better understanding the fiction and nonfiction of Walker Percy
Love in the ruins by Walker Percy( Book )

33 editions published between 1971 and 2012 in 9 languages and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last gentleman ; and the second coming by Walker Percy( )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A special two-in-one edition of National Book Award winner Walker Percy & rsquo;s classic novel The Last Gentleman and its sequel, The Second Coming In The Last Gentleman, Will Barrett has never felt at peace. After moving from his native South to New York City, Will & rsquo;s most meaningful human connections come through the lens of a telescope in Central Park, from which he views the comings and goings of the eccentric Vaught family. But Will & rsquo;s days as a spectator end when he meets the Vaught patriarch and accepts a job in the Mississippi Delta as caretaker for the family & rsquo;s ailing son, Jamie. Once there, he is confronted not only by his personal demons, but also his growing love for Jamie & rsquo;s sister, Kitty, and a deepening relationship with the Vaught family that will teach him the true meaning of home. And in The Second Coming, now in his late forties, Will Barrett lives a life other men only dream of. Wealthy from a successful career on Wall Street and from the inheritance of his deceased wife & rsquo;s estate, Will is universally admired at the club where he spends his days golfing in the North Carolina sun. But everything begins to unravel when, without warning, Will & rsquo;s golf shots begin landing in the rough, and he is struck with bouts of losing his balance and falling over. Just when Will appears doomed to share the fate of his father & mdash;whose suicide has haunted him his whole life & mdash;a mental hospital escapee named Allison might prove to be the only one who can save him
La conjuration des imbéciles by John Kennedy Toole( Book )

9 editions published between 1989 and 2019 in French and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ignatius J. Reilly est un personnage tres gros et tres gras. C'est un clown intellectuel car c'est avant tout un perturbateur, un revolutionnaire dans l'ame, schizophrene drolatique ... Il porte une ignoble casquette verte sans cesse plantee sur le crane. Celui-ci, habitant encore chez sa mere a 30 ans ne cesse de remplir ses cahiers? Big Chief' de son projet litteraire visant a demontrer la degenerescence de la societe et pronant un retour a des moeurs plus saines
Novel writing in an apocalyptic time by Walker Percy( Book )

5 editions published between 1982 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 83 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
Symbol and existence : a study in meaning : explorations of human nature by Walker Percy( Book )

2 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Symbol and existence will prove fascinating to Walker Percy scholars and fans who wish to decipher Percy's authentic philosophical stance. Percy, an existentialist Catholic at his core, was also a scientist seeking an objective paradigm to portray his views. Symbol and existence demonstrates that Percy was quite methodical and logical in his thought and provides an entirely new perspective on his scholarship. Much of this book is unique and has never been published before; however, some sections were revised and published as isolated journal articles or book chapters, never presented as the unified whole that Percy intended. The orderly unity of Percy's work has not previously been accessible to scholars and fans. Symbol and existences systematic presentation and its new material offer fresh insight and a more accurate view of Percy's ideas. His early philosophical writings were often revised and significantly modified by outside editorial intent to conform to prevailing intellectual currents of the time. Readers of some published articles with corresponding passages in Symbol and Existence will be surprised to discover major changes in meaning from Percy's initial writing due to editorial intrusion and loss of context upon their removal from Symbol and existence. As the only known systematic representation of Percy's general working theory, Symbol and existence gives an important framework for his diverse intellectual background--philosophy and psychology, medicine and anthropology, semiotic and zoology--creating a coherent view of Percy's "radical anthropology"--
Walker Percy : a documentary film( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 78 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."--The container
Love in the ruins by Walker Percy( Recording )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 68 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( )

13 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 63 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 deja vu. He clings to certain old-fashioned notions of behavior, and yet he finds himself constantly impelled to eavesdrop on other people's conversations. He lives with the secret suspicion that the great world catastrophe that everyone fears will happen has already happened.||The novel follows Will Barrett's adventures as he becomes involved in the complex troubles, loves, and fortunes of a Southern family, the Vaughts, that is living in the shadow of their youngest son's illness. With settings ranging from New York to Alabama, Louisiana to New Mexico, this is an ambitious, funny, compulsively readable novel about the dilemmas of modern man
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
A confederacy of dunces
A confederacy of duncesThe last gentlemanThe second comingThe thanatos syndromeLove 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 other
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Percy, Walker, 1916-

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