First Edition of Walker Percy's The Last Gentleman; Signed by him
The Last Gentleman.
Item Number: 95827
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1966.
First edition of Percy’s ambitious novel about the dilemmas of modern man. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Walker Percy on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Janet Halverson. Jacket photograph by Lee Friedlander. A very bright example.
An exploration of the qualities of life in 20th century America, The Last Gentleman centers on the narrative of Williston Bibb Barrett, a young Southerner who finds himself temporarily transplanted in the North and working as a humidification engineer. Early in the story, Barrett meets the Vaughts, a Southern family whom Barrett forms a close bond with as he becomes involved in a series of complex dilemmas in the search for his own identity. "Lovely and brilliant...a highly whimsical kind of picaresque tale that puts one in mind of both Faulkner and Canneau" (Joyce Carol Oates).