Walker Percy





Walker Percy


Born
in Birmingham, Alabama, The United States
May 28, 1916

Died
May 10, 1990

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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 US 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 magazine named The Moviegoer one of the best English-language books published since 1923.

Average rating: 3.78 · 30,531 ratings · 2,312 reviews · 24 distinct works · Similar authors
The Moviegoer

3.70 avg rating — 18,372 ratings — published 1961 — 53 editions
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Love in the Ruins

3.89 avg rating — 2,477 ratings — published 1971 — 21 editions
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Lancelot

3.74 avg rating — 2,087 ratings — published 1977 — 15 editions
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Lost in the Cosmos: The Las...

4.07 avg rating — 1,723 ratings — published 1983 — 19 editions
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The Last Gentleman

3.93 avg rating — 1,713 ratings — published 1966 — 21 editions
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The Second Coming

3.96 avg rating — 1,704 ratings — published 1980 — 20 editions
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The Thanatos Syndrome

3.58 avg rating — 1,401 ratings — published 1987 — 23 editions
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Signposts in a Strange Land...

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4.22 avg rating — 438 ratings — published 1991 — 8 editions
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The Message in the Bottle: ...

4.05 avg rating — 448 ratings — published 1975 — 8 editions
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Conversations with Walker P...

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4.26 avg rating — 121 ratings — published 1985 — 2 editions
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More books by Walker Percy…
“You can get all A's and still flunk life.”
Walker Percy, The Second Coming
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“Why did God make women so beautiful and man with such a loving heart?”
Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins

“The difference between a non-suicide and an ex-suicide leaving the house for work, at eight o'clock on an ordinary morning:

The non-suicide is a little traveling suck of care, sucking care with him from the past and being sucked toward care in the future. His breath is high in his chest.

The ex-suicide opens his front door, sits down on the steps, and laughs. Since he has the option of being dead, he has nothing to lose by being alive. It is good to be alive. He goes to work because he doesn't have to.”
Walker Percy, Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book

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