Books and e-books by Walker Percy

Walker Percy

“One of the peculiar ironies of being a human self in the Cosmos: A stranger approaching you in the street will in a second's glance see you whole, size you up, place you in a way in which you cannot and never will, even though you have spent a lifetime with yourself, live in the Century of the Self, and therefore ought to know yourself best of all.”
― Walker Percy, Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book

“Fiction doesn’t tell us something we don’t know, it tells us something we know but don’t know that we know.”
― Walker Percy



    • The Moviegoer. New York: Knopf, 1961 — winner of the National Book Award
    • The Last Gentleman. New York: Farrar, Straus, 1966
    • Love in the Ruins: The Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World. New York: Farrar, Straus, 1971
    • Lancelot. New York: Farrar, Straus, 1977
    • The Second Coming. New York: Farrar, Straus, 1980
    • The Thanatos Syndrome. New York: Farrar, Straus, 1987


    • The Message in the Bottle: How Queer Man Is, How Queer Language Is, and What One Has to Do with the Other. New York: Farrar, Straus, 1975
    • Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book. New York: Farrar, Straus, 1983
    • Diagnosing the Modern Malaise. New Orleans: Faust, 1985
    • Novel-Writing in an Apocalyptic Time. New Orleans: Faust Publishing Company, 1986
    • State of the Novel: Dying Art or New Science. New Orleans: Faust Publishing Company, 1988
    • Signposts in a Strange Land. Samway, Patrick, ed. New York: Farrar, Straus, 1991


For a complete listing of e-books by Walker Percy, see Open Road Media's website.