Signposts in a Strange Land [NOOK Book]

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A captivating collection of writings on Southern life by one of the masters of American literaturePublished 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 ...
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Overview

A captivating collection of writings on Southern life by one of the masters of American literaturePublished 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.

At the time of his death in 1990, Walker Percy left a considerable legacy of uncollected non-fiction. Now assembled here, these essays on language, literature, philosophy, religion, psychiatry, morality, and life and letters in the South display the imaginative versatility of this legendary writer.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Bourbon does for me what the piece of cake did for Proust,'' writes Percy in one of his sparkling, fluent essays on the South. Other pieces with Southern themes collected here deal with the Civil War, New Orleans, cemeteries, race relations and why this eminent novelist, who died last May, chose to live in a ``nonplace''--Covington, La. The remainder of these previously uncollected essays range widely over literature, science, morality and religion. Arguing that modern science ``cannot utter a single word'' about what is distinctive in human behavior, art and thought, Percy turns to semiotics for the beginnings of ``a coherent science of man.'' Modern fiction, he contends, serves a diagnostic and cognitive role in revealing us to ourselves in a century of spiritual disorientation. Other selections cover movie magazines, psychiatry, abortion (he opposes it), Eudora Welty and Moby Dick. Samway is literary editor of America and author of a book on Faulkner. (Aug.)
Library Journal
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 central to Percy's thought: life in the South; the relationship of science, language, and literature; and morality/religion. Sometimes dense (``Is a Theory of Man Possible?''), sometimes light (``Bourbon''), his nonfiction is always entertaining and enlightening. Percy is justly famous for his efforts to detect meaning in a world growing more meaningless, and many of his ``signposts'' carry a lot of accessible semiotic significance. Lots of small gems, too: for instance, that Melville was trying to ``out-Hawthorne Hawthorne.'' For all serious literature collections.-- Robert E. Brown, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.
Booknews
Percy, eminent author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction, including and , died in 1990, and left a legacy of uncollected nonfiction. Here are assembled essays on language, literature, philosophy, religion, psychiatry, morality, and life and letters in the South. The editor has arranged them to best advantage and provides an introduction. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453216378
  • Publisher: Open Road Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 428
  • Sales rank: 442,125
  • File size: 916 KB

Meet the Author

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 one of the best English-language books published since 1923.
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Table of Contents

Why I Live Where I Live
New Orleans Mon Amour
The City of the Dead
Going Back to Georgia
Mississippi: The Fallen Paradise
Uncle Will
Uncle Will's House
A Better Louisiana
The American War
Red, White, and Blue-Gray
Stoicism in the South
A Southern View
The Southern Moderate
Bourbon
Is a Theory of Man Possible?
Naming and Being
The State of the Novel: Dying Art or New Science?
Novel-Writing in an Apocalyptic Time
How to Be an American Novelist in Spite of Being Southern and Catholic
From Facts to Fiction
Physician as Novelist
Herman Melville
Diagnosing the Modern Malaise
Eudora Welty in Jackson
Foreword to A Confederacy of Dunces
Rediscovering A Canticle for Leibowitz
The Movie Magazine: A Low "Slick"
Accepting the National Book Award for The Moviegoer
Concerning Love in the Ruins
The Coming Crisis in Psychiatry
The Culture Critics
The Fateful Rift: 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
Foreword to The New Catholics
If I Had Five Minutes with the Pope
An Unpublished Letter to the Times
Another Message in the Bottle
The Holiness of the Ordinary
An Interview with ZoltanAbadi-Nagi
Questions They Never Asked Me
Bibliography Notes
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