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New Walker Percy e-Books, Video

Open Road Integrated Media recently released several of acclaimed author Walker Percy’s novels as e-books. This NYC-based publishing compnay also sat down with Walter Isaacson and Paul Elie to produce a short video about Walker Percy’s life and works (see video above).

“Percy was one of the most prominent American writers of the twentieth century and was known for his poetic style and moving depictions of the alienation of modern American culture,” says Elie, author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own. “With The Moviegoer, the novel, Percy set going contemporary American fiction.”

The Moviegoer, winner of the 1962 National Book Award, was released as an e-book for the first time in 2011, along with other Percy favorites such as Lancelot, The Last Gentleman, Lost in the Cosmos, Love in the Ruins, The Message in the Bottle, The Second Coming, Signposts in a Strange Land, and The Thanatos Syndrome. A section of Open Road’s website is also devoted to this literary giant who was nothing if not emminently quotable. Quips of his include:

“You can get all A’s and still flunk life.” (The Second Coming)

“Before, I wandered as a diversion. Now I wander seriously and sit and read as a diversion.” (The Moviegoer)

“I like to eat crawfish and drink beer. That’s despair?”

Percy was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he attended with his lifelong friend Shelby Foote.

You can purchase directly from Open Road’s catalog at