More Conversations with Walker Percy

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 248 pages
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.
 

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Contents

An Interview with Walker Percy W Kenneth Holditch
13
Interview William Starr
36
An Interview with Walker Percy Peggy Castex
44
An Interview with Walker Percy
59
The Novelist as Searcher
66
A Talk with Walker Percy Elzbieta Oleksy
72
Interview with Walker Percy Linda Whitney Hobson
84
Difficult Times Jan Nordby Gretlund
103
Walker Percy Zoltán AbádiNagy
134
Interview on Worldnet Claude Richard Simone Vauthier
156
Moralist of the South Malcolm Jones
169
In a Calm Setting He Writes of the Whirling World Beyond
178
Walker Percy and His Subversive Message
189
At Court with Walker Percy Michael Swindle
208
Out of the Ruins Scott Walter
226
Index
243

Walker Percy on the Church Abortion Faith and Nuclear
113
An Interview with Walker Percy Patrick H Samway S J
127

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Victor A. Kramer is a professor of English at Georgia State University.

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