HomeGroupsTalkExploreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
11,398 (31,946)5881,780 (3.89)670
Walker Percy, May 28, 1916 - May 10, 1990 Walker Percy, born in Alabama, raised in Mississippi, and a former resident of Louisiana, was a member of a prominent Southern family who lost his parents at an early age and grew up as the foster son of his father's cousin. Percy graduated from the University of North Carolina and received his M.D. from Columbia, but was a nonpracticing physician who devoted much of his life to his writing. Percy's first novel, The Moviegoer (1961), won the 1962 National Book Award, but Charles Poore considers The Last Gentleman (1966) "an even better book." Love in the Ruins (1971) marks a sharp change in method and subject from the first two novels. A doomsday story set "at the end of the Auto Age," it exposes many foibles and abuses in contemporary life through sharp satire and extravagant fantasy. Whereas Love in the Ruins is funny, Percy's next novel, Lancelot (1977) is the rather bleak and pessimistic story of a deranged man who blows up his home when he finds proof of his wife's infidelities and then tells his story in an asylum for the mentally disturbed. Its apocalyptic vision is expressed in a more positive and affirmative way in The Second Coming (1980), which takes its title from the fact that it resurrects the character of Will Barret from The Last Gentleman and locates him, a quarter-century older, finding love and meaning in a cave. (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from The Moviegoer
… (more)

Top members (works)

Member favorites

1001 (83) 1001 books (87) 20th century (348) American (446) American fiction (144) American literature (575) American South (78) audiobook (65) Catholic (107) classic (147) classics (151) comedy (178) ebook (79) essays (169) existentialism (81) favorites (65) fiction (4,036) funny (64) goodreads (63) humor (873) literary fiction (70) literature (607) Louisiana (201) New Orleans (838) non-fiction (130) novel (792) own (103) Percy (118) philosophy (155) Pulitzer (175) Pulitzer Prize (267) read (332) satire (278) southern (256) southern fiction (70) southern literature (228) to-read (1,195) unread (188) USA (149) Walker Percy (83)

Walker Percy has 2 past events. (show)

Legacy Library: Walker Percy

Walker Percy has a Legacy Library. Legacy libraries are the personal libraries of famous readers, entered by LibraryThing members from the Legacy Libraries group.

» Walker Percy's legacy profile.

» Walker Percy's profile.

» Walker Percy's catalog.

Member ratings

Average: (3.89)
0.5 26
1 250
1.5 33
2 447
2.5 115
3 1144
3.5 335
4 2048
4.5 318
5 2379

Author pictures (3)

  

(see all 3 author pictures)

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Walker Percy is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.

Includes

Walker Percy is composed of 4 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 170,252,177 books! | Top bar: Always visible