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A political companion to Walker Percy

Author: Peter Augustine Lawler; Brian A Smith
Publisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, 2013.
Series: Political companions to great American authors.
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In 1962, Walker Percy (1916--1990) made a dramatic entrance onto the American literary scene when he won the National Book Award for fiction with his first novel, The Moviegoer. A physician, philosopher, and devout Catholic, Percy dedicated his life to understanding the mixed and somewhat contradictory foundations of American life as a situation faced by the wandering and won-dering human soul. His controversial  Read more...
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Political companion to Walker Percy.
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, 2013
(DLC) 2013008896
(OCoLC)818735097
Named Person: Walker Percy; Walker Percy; Walker Percy
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Augustine Lawler; Brian A Smith
ISBN: 9780813141893 0813141893 9780813141909 0813141907 9781299734562 1299734561
OCLC Number: 852896231
Description: 1 online resource (285 pages).
Contents: Introduction: Walker Percy, American political life, and indigenous American Thomism / Peter Augustine Lawler and Brian A. Smith --
Walker Percy: a brief biography / Ralph C. Wood --
The moviegoer's cartesian theater: moviegoing as Walker Percy's metaphor for the cartesian mind / Woods Nash --
Walker Percy's critique of the pursuit of happiness in the moviegoer, lost in the cosmos: the last self-help book, and the Thanatos Syndrome / Elizabeth Amato --
On dealing with man / James V. Schall, S.J --
Walker Percy's 'theory of man' and the elimination of virtue / Nathan P. Carson --
Confessing the horrors of radical individualism in Lancelot: Percy, Dostoevsky, Poe / Farrell O'Gorman --
Walker Percy's alternative to scientism in the Thanatos Syndrome / Micah Mattix --
Love and marriage among the ruins / Richard M. Reinsch II --
Walker Percy's last men: love in the ruins as a fable of American decline/ Brian A. Smith --
The second coming of Walker Percy: from segregationist to integrationist / Brendan P. Purdy and Janice Daurio --
Walker Percy, Alexis de Tocqueville, and the stoic and Christian foundations of American Thomism / Peter Augustine Lawler.
Series Title: Political companions to great American authors.
Responsibility: edited by Peter Augustine Lawler and Brian A. Smith.

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In 1962, Walker Percy (1916--1990) made a dramatic entrance onto the American literary scene when he won the National Book Award for fiction with his first novel, The Moviegoer. A physician, philosopher, and devout Catholic, Percy dedicated his life to understanding the mixed and somewhat contradictory foundations of American life as a situation faced by the wandering and won-dering human soul. His controversial works combined existential questioning, scientific investigation, the insight of the southern stoic, and authentic religious faith to produce a singular view of humanity's place in.

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