Profound and passionate essays from one of America’s greatest literary voices
Before winning the National Book Award for fiction in 1962, Walker Percy was an established scholar of science, philosophy, and language. Presented here are his strongest essays in those subjects, offering what he called a “theory of man for a new age.”
Ambitious yet readable, The Message in the Bottle encapsulates the philosophical foundations of his ground breaking novels, perfect for Percy fans and new readers alike. From discussions on the dislocation of man in the twentieth century to theories on why humans talk while other animals do not, this is an enlightening collection from one of the South’s most celebrated writers.
“A delight . . . a pleasure to read.” —The Washington Post Book World
“Percy has an intellectual range and rigor few American novelists can match.” —The New York Times Book Review
From the Publisher
“These essays have a way of quickening the spirit and cleansing the sight.” -The New Republic
“Walker Percy is that admirable thing-a man who has fallen in love with an idea, an analytical, academic, philosophical man, in fact. Yet the novelist in him cannot help but come out.”-JOHN CIARDI, The Saturday Review “Walker Percy has an intellectual range and rigor few American novelists can match.”-THOMAS LECLAIR, The New York Times Book Review