More Conversations with Walker Percy

More Conversations with Walker Percy

Walker Percy Lewis A. Lawson, Victor A. Kramer. the 1980s . This movement of homecoming is beautifully reflected in The Second Coming ( 1980 ) , the novel which completes the theme in Percy's fiction of the successful quest for the ...

Author: Walker Percy

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 0878056238

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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This collection of interviews supplements Conversations with Walker Percy and occasions an additional two dozen pleasurable encounters with Percy. Primarily from the last ten years of Percy's life, they show how his presence was stimulating thought in much of humanistic America, in literature, linguistics, psychology, and philosophy, and in cultural life in general. Although this acclaimed author of The Moviegoer, Lancelot, and Love in the Ruins never overcame his shyness with interviewers, he continued to grant interviews as long as his health permitted. This act of openness illustrates his humility before his ideas and his desire to help others understand them. Although the questions he was asked almost invariably became predictable, he always managed to add an anecdote, an illustration, a topical reference, that would breathe new life into the responses he was making. The interviews in this collection show him at the height when he knew that his illness would not allow him to write any more books, and that the only way to restate his ideas and offer a valediction to the large audience to whom he had always been kind, patient, and appreciative was to speak out. Percy despised the posture of many modern self-proclaimed intellectuals who delight in cloaking ideas in jargon and abstraction. He always tried to express himself clearly and as free of reservations as possible. These interviews reflect that clarity. With this book readers will welcome yet more close encounters with him.
Categories: Literary Criticism

More Conversations with Walker Percy

More Conversations with Walker Percy

This volume is the second in the Literary Conversations series.

Author: Walker Percy

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 0878056246

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.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Conversations with Walker Percy

Conversations with Walker Percy

Interviews detail Percy's opinions about his work, other writers, influences, the South, style, and fiction technique

Author: Walker Percy

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0878052526

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 325

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Interviews detail Percy's opinions about his work, other writers, influences, the South, style, and fiction technique
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Political Companion to Walker Percy

A Political Companion to Walker Percy

More Conversations with Walker Percy, ed. Lewis A. Lawson and Victor A. Kramer (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1993), 235. 12. Percy, Message in the Bottle, 64—82. 13. Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico—Philosophicus, ...

Author: Peter Augustine Lawler

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813141893

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.
Categories: Political Science

Walker Percy s Sacramental Landscapes

Walker Percy s Sacramental Landscapes

Percy's first published essay is a 1954 review of Susanne Langer's Feeling and Form ( 1953 ) in Thought . ... Percy's interviews have been collected and edited by Lewis Lawson and Victor Kramer in Conversations with Walker Percy ( 1988 ) ...

Author: Allen Pridgen

Publisher: Susquehanna University Press

ISBN: 1575910403

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.
Categories: Fiction

The Fiction of Walker Percy

The Fiction of Walker Percy

William H. Poteat , “ Reflections on Walker Percy's Theory of Language , ” in Panthea Reid Broughton , ed . , The Art of Walker Percy ( see ... See the exchange between Percy and Marcus Smith , in Lawson and Kramer , Conversations , p .

Author: John Edward Hardy

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252013875

Category: Fiction

Page: 317

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Hardy's study is concerned only with Percy's fiction, rather than his life, thought or his essays. He covers all six of Percy's novels from The Moviegoer (1961) to The Thanatos Syndrome (1987), and treats them only as fiction, rather than as philosophical disquisitions or religious treatises. Hardy presents a close reading of each novel, focusing on the internal artistic consistency of the works in regard to their subgenres, adopted conventions, narrative focus, and reader/text interactions. He reveals Percy as a judicious and knowledgeable practitioner in control of his medium. ISBN 0-252-01387-5: $24.95.
Categories: Fiction

Walker Percy s Voices

Walker Percy s Voices

Critical Essays on Walker Percy . Boston : G. K. Hall , 1989 . ... Dupuy , Edward J. Autobiography in Walker Percy : Repetition , Recovery , and Redemption . ... More Conversations with Walker Percy Jackson : UP of Mississippi , 1993 .

Author: Michael Kobre

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820321400

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 238

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Walker Percy's novels are fraught with characters struggling toward a destiny and purpose in life who must sort through conflicting inner voices and the voices of family, friends, therapists, and mentors until they finally find their own paths. Through trial, error, and retrial, Percy's characters continuously reinvent themselves, struggling until they reach solutions, satisfaction, and maturity. In this multifaceted work, Michael Kobre analyzes Walker Percy's major fiction works--The Moviegoer, The Last Gentleman, Love in the Ruins, Lancelot, The Second Coming, and The Thanatos Syndrome--in terms of the Russian philosopher and literary scholar Mikhail Bakhtin's critical theory. Kobre begins with an introduction to Percy's view of language and consciousness and a clear, accessible explanation of Bakhtin's ideas. His subsequent discussion of the novels connects each work in turn with Percy's advancing career and explores the deepening conflict in Percy's fiction between his desire to express his own religious and moral beliefs and his commitment to the essential freedom of his art--the play of many voices in his narratives.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Walker Percy Philosopher

Walker Percy  Philosopher

The Search for Place in Walker Percy's Novels. In: Critical Essays on Walker Percy, eds. J. Donald Crowley and Sue Mitchell Crowley. Boston: G. K. Hall & Co. Lawson, Lewis A., and Victor Kramer, eds. 1985. Conversations with Walker ...

Author: Leslie Marsh

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319779683

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.
Categories: Philosophy

Walker Percy Remembered

Walker Percy Remembered

Lawson, Lewis A. Following Percy: Essays on Walker Percy's Work. Troy, N.Y.: Whitson, 1987. . Still Following Percy. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 1995. Lawson, Lewis A., and Victor Kramer, eds. Conversations with Walker ...

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.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Walker Percy and the Politics of the Wayfarer

Walker Percy and the Politics of the Wayfarer

Key to In-text Citations of Books and Interviews by Walker Percy LL MG LG LR MB SC LC CWP TS SSL MCWP and William Alexander Percy Lanterns on the Levee: Reflections of a Planter's Son The Moviegoer The Last Gentleman Love in the Ruins ...

Author: Brian A. Smith

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498537551

Category: Political Science

Page: 230

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Walker Percy and the Politics of the Wayfarer is the first sustained treatment of Percy as a political thinker. The book argues that Percy provides a distinctive approach to politics, one that might allow us to give up the dangerous longing for limitless progress and perfection in our lives.
Categories: Political Science