"Before, I wandered as a diversion. Now I wander seriously and sit and read as a diversion": First Edition of Walker Percy's The Moviegoer; Signed by Him With an original Letter To Bill Starr

  • The Moviegoer.

The Moviegoer.


Item Number: 3321

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961.

First edition of the author’s first book and winner of the 1962 National Book Award. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Walker Percy on the title page. Fine in an excellent dust jacket with only light wear to the spine crown. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Also includes a handwritten letter from Percy on his letterhead to reviewer Bill Starr, thanking him for his “generous review” with the original envelope in Percy’s hand. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

"[I]t is clothed in originality, intelligence, and a fierce regard for man's fate. . . .Percy has a rare talent for making his people look and sound as though they were being seen and heard for the first time by anyone" (Time). The Moviegoer was included on Modern Library’s 100 greatest novels of the 20th century and Time Magazine named it on its list of 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.

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