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Walker Percy

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Walker Percy (19161990) 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 titlesincluding the classic novel The Moviegoer (1961), winner of the National Book Awardand fifteen works of nonfiction. In 2005, Time magazine named The Moviegoer one of the best English-language books published since 1923.
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   1. Last Gentleman (1967)
   2. The Second Coming (1980)
   The Moviegoer (1961)
   Lancelot (1977)
   Diagnosing the Modern Malaise (1985)
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Non fiction
Omnibus editions
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book winner (1962) : The Moviegoer
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (1981) : The Second Coming

Walker Percy recommends
Almost Innocent (1984)
Sheila Bosworth
"A remarkable first novel. Like the old master Henry James, Sheila Bosworth uses the chilling device of using the mirror of innocence to reflect evil. It is a lovely achievement, a superior one."
Enchantment (1984)
Daphne Merkin
"A remarkable memoir, fictional or not. What is remarkable to me is how much being a Jewish girl of a certain sort growing up in New York is like being a Presbyterian boy of a certain sort growing up in Alabama."
Edisto (1984)
Padgett Powell
"Ttruly remarkable . . . both as a narrative and in its extraordinary use of language."
The Killing Ground (1982)
(Beulah Quintet, book 5)
Mary Lee Settle
"The Killing Ground is quite a book. It is a moving novel, peopled by fully realized characters, about the liberation -- in the best sense of that abused word -- of a remarkable woman."

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