Signposts in a Strange Land: Essays

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Open Road Media, Mar 29, 2011 - Literary Collections - 428 pages
Writings on the South, Catholicism, and more from the National Book Award winner: “His nonfiction is always entertaining and enlightening” (Library Journal).
  Published just after Walker Percy’s death, Signposts in a Strange Land takes readers through the philosophical, religious, and literary ideas of one of the South’s most profound and unique thinkers. Each essay is laced with wit and insight into the human condition. From race relations and the mysteries of existence, to Catholicism and the joys of drinking bourbon, this collection offers a window into the underpinnings of Percy’s celebrated novels and brings to light the stirring thoughts and voice of a giant of twentieth century literature.
 

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SIGNPOSTS IN A STRANGE LAND

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A pungent, revealing collection of lectures, essays, and interviews—some previously published in Harper's, The Georgia Review, etc.—by the late novelist (d. 1990). Percy was a quintessentially ... Read full review

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Eminent physician/novelist Percy ( The Moviegoer ) died in 1990. Accumulated here are many uncollected essays, several seeing publication for the first time, grouped under three headings conceptually ... Read full review

Contents

Going Back to Georgia
The Fallen Paradise
Uncle Will
Red White and BlueGray
The Southern Moderate
Two Science Language Literature
Dying Art or New Science?
NovelWriting in an Apocalyptic Time
Accepting the National Book Award for The Moviegoer
The Coming Crisis in Psychiatry
The San Andreas Fault in the Modern Mind
Culture the Church and Evangelization
Why Are You a Catholic?
A Cranky Novelist Reflects on the Church
The Failure and the Hope
A View of Abortion with Something to Offend Everybody

How to Be an American Novelist in Spite of Being Southern and Catholic
Diagnosing the Modern Malaise
An Interview with Zoltán AbádíNagy
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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 as one of the best English-language books published since 1923.

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