Reading Walker Percy'S Novels (eBook)
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Walker Percy (19161990) considered novels the strongest tool with which to popularize great ideas among a broad audience, and, more than half a century after they first appeared in print, his works of fiction continue to fascinate contemporary readers. Despite their lasting appeal, however, Percys engaging narratives also contain intellectual elements that demand further explication. Philosophical themes, including existentialism, language acquisition theory, and modern Catholic theology, provide a deeper layer of meaning in Percys writings.
Jessica Hooten WilsonsReading Walker Percys Novels serves as a companion guide for readers who enjoy Percys novels but may be less familiar with the works of Sartre, Camus, Kierkegaard, and Dante. In addition to clarifying Percys philosophies, Wilson highlights allusions to other writers within his narratives, addresses historical and political contexts, and provides insight into the creation and reception ofThe Moviegoer, The Last Gentleman, Love in the Ruins, Lancelot, The Second Coming, andThe Thanatos Syndrome.An introduction covers aspects of Percys biography that influenced his writing, including his deep southern roots, faith, and search for meaning in life. An appendix offers an explanation of Percys satirical parodyLost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book.
Written in an accessible and conversational style, this primer will appeal to everyone who appreciates the nuances of Walker Percys fiction.