WALKER PERCY’S FIRST BOOK
PERCY, Walker. The Moviegoer. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961. Octavo, original half red cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition of Percy’s first book, winner of the 1961 National Book Award.
“In his first two novels-The Moviegoer (1961) and The Last Gentleman (1966) -Walker Percy’s characters reflect the sensibility of the Delta people. Unlike Flannery O’Connor’s characters, they have a societal context and awareness; yet like hers they are an odd assortment of marginal grotesques, whose motives are developed primarily within the drama of a quest for salvation… Percy has not separated his imagination as a storyteller from the southern community of memory and its fate in the modern world. For this reason he is far more successful than Flannery O’Connor in depth and delicacy of character depiction” (Simpson in Hoffman, 181).
Book fine, near-fine dust jacket with only light edge-wear.