Signposts in a Strange Land: Essays

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Macmillan, 2000 - Fiction - 428 pages

At his death in 1990, Walker Percy left a considerable legacy of uncollected nonfiction. Assembled in Signposts in a Strange Land, these essays on language, literature, philosophy, religion, psychiatry, morality, and life and letters in the South display the imaginative versatility of an author considered by many to be one the greatest modern American writers.

 

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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

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Contents

Why I Live Where I Live
3
New Orleans Mon Amour
10
The City of the Dead
23
Going Back to Georgia
26
The Fallen Paradise
39
Uncle Will
53
Uncle Wills House
63
A Better Louisiana
67
Foreword to A Confederacy of Dunces
224
Rediscovering A Canticle for Leibowitz
227
A Low Slick
234
Accepting the National Book Award for The Moviegoer
245
Concerning Love in the Ruins
247
The Coming Crisis in Psychiatry
251
The Culture Critics
263
The San Andreas Fault in the Modern Mind
271

The American War
71
Red White and BlueGray
77
Stoicism in the South
83
A Southern View
89
The Southern Moderate
94
Bourbon
102
SCIENCE LANGUAGE LITERATURE
109
Is a Theory of Man Possible?
111
Naming and Being
130
Dying Art or New Science?
139
NovelWriting in an Apocalyptic Time
153
How to Be an American Novelist in Spite of Being
168
From Facts to Fiction
186
Physician as Novelist
191
Herman Melville
197
Diagnosing the Modern Malaise
204
Eudora Welty in Jackson
222
MORALITY AND RELIGION
293
Culture the Church and Evangelization
295
Why Are You a Catholic?
304
A Cranky Novelist Reflects on the Church
316
The Failure and the Hope
326
A View of Abortion with Something to Offend Everybody
340
Foreword to The New Catholics
343
If I Had Five Minutes with the Pope
346
An Unpublished Letter to the Times
349
Another Message in the Bottle
352
The Holiness of the Ordinary
368
AN INTERVIEW AND A SELFINTERVIEW
371
An Interview with Zoltan AbadiNagy
373
Questions They Never Asked Me
397
Bibliography and Notes
425
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Walker Percy wrote several books, many of them bestsellers, and is considered one of the greatest American writers of our time.

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