Conversations with Walker Percy

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University Press of Mississippi, 1985 - Literary Criticism - 325 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

For the casual reader, the book may be too dense for a read through. For those looking to learn more about Percy, the interviews are fascinating arrays of his personality, intelligence and wit. Four stars for repetitiveness and thoroughness of inclusion (double-edged sword!). Read full review

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About the author (1985)

Walker Percy (1916-1990) was one of the most prominent American writers of the twentieth century. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he was the oldest of three brothers in an established Southern family that contained both a Civil War hero and a U.S. senator. Acclaimed for his poetic style and moving depictions of the alienation of modern American culture, Percy was the bestselling author of six fiction titles--including the classic novel "The Moviegoer" (1961), winner of the National Book Award--and fifteen works of nonfiction. In 2005, "Time "magazinenamed "The Moviegoer" one of the best English-language books published since 1923.

Victor A. Kramer is the founding editor of "The Merton Annual" and a coeditor of "The Complete Journal of Thomas Merton, Volume Four," He has been engaged in Merton-related studies for 30 years. He lives in Decatur, Georgia.

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