Walker Percy Bibliography

A Guide to Resources in the Mount Angel Abbey Library


The Moviegoer (Knopf, 1961)

The Last Gentleman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1966)

Love in the Ruins (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1971)

Lancelot (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1977)

The Second Coming (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1980)

The Thanatos Syndrome (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1987)

Philosophical Essays

The Message in the Bottle: How Queer Man Is, How Queer Language Is, and What One Has to Do with the Other (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1975)

Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1983)

Signposts in a Strange Land. Ed. Patrick Samway. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1991)


Andrew Lytle, Walker Percy, Peter Taylor: a Reference Guide. Boston: G. K. Gall, 1983.

Hobson, Linda Whitney. Walker Percy: A Comprehensive Descriptive Bibliography. New Orleans: Faust, 1988. (Hobson became a friend of Percy's, after she wrote her dissertation on him.)

Wright, Stuart T. Walker Percy, a Bibliography, 1930-1984. Westport: Meckler, 1986.


Brinkmeyer, Robert H. Three Catholic Writers of the Modern South. Jackson: U of Mississippi P, 1985. (Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, Walker Percy).

Coles, Robert. Walker Percy, An American Search. Boston: Little Brown, 1978. (Coles was a close friend of Percy's, whose opinions Percy greatly valued. Yet Percy felt that Coles may have overlooked the darker, more malicious side of his nature, precisely because Coles himself is such a decent man.

Hardy, John Edward. The Fiction of Walker Percy. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1987. (A meticulous reading of Percy's novels).

Hawkins, Peter S. The Language of Grace: Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy & Iris Murdoch. Cambridge: Mass: Cowley, 1983.

Hobson, Linda Whitney. Understanding Walker Percy. Columbia, SC; U of South Carolina P, 1988.

Howland, Mary Deems. The Gift of the Other: Gabriel Marcel's Concept of intersubjectivity in Walker Percy's Novels. Pittsburgh: Duquesne U P, 1990.

Lawson, Lewis A. Following Percy: Essays on Walker Percy's Work. Troy, NY: Whitston, 1988. Lawson was one of the first scholars to attempt to relate Percy's fiction and non-fiction works. He carried on an increasingly cordial, twenty-five year correspondence with Percy.

---., and Victor A. Kraemer, eds. Conversations with Walker Percy. Jackson: U of Mississippi P, 1985.

Luschei, Martin. The Sovereign Wayfarer: Walker Percy's Diagnosis of the Malaise. Baton Rouge: L S U Press, 1972. (A reworked dissertation, this book "impressed Percy by its generosity and by its thorough explication of the intellectual substructure of his fiction."

Percy, William Alexander (1885-1942). Lanterns of the Levee: Recollections of a Planter's Son. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State U P, 1973 [1941]. (Walker Percy wrote the introduction to this re-issue of his Uncle Will's book.)

Poteat, Patricia Lewis. Walker Percy and the Old Modern Age. Baton Rouge: Louisiana S U P, 1985. (Poteat critiques Percy's language theories. She thinks his theoretical work is self-contradictory, but that his novels provide a more cogent critique of Cartesianism.)

Reid Broughton, Panthea, ed. The Art of Walker Percy: Strategems for Being. Baton Rouge: L S U Press, 1979.

Spivey, Ted Ray. The Writer as Shaman: the Pilgrimages of Conrad Aiken and Walker Percy. Macon, GA: Mercer U P, 1986.

Taylor, L. Jerome. In Search of Self, Life, Death, and Walker Percy. Cambridge, MA: Cowley, 1986.

Tharpe, Jac. Walker Percy, Art and Ethics. Jackson: U P of Mississippi, 1980.

---. Walker Percy. Boston: Twayne, 1983.

Wood, Ralph C. The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists. Notre Dame: U Notre Dame Pr, 1988. (Percy, Updike, O'Connor, De Vries. Percy appreciated Wood's close readings of his work.)