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Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book

Percy, Walker

Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 1983
ISBN 10: 0374191662 / ISBN 13: 9780374191665
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Title: Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition


First printing. Flat SIGNED by Walker Percy on the half title page. The volume is lightly edge rubbed and bumped at the spine ends. The price clipped dust jacket has short closed tears at the upper front corner and spine crown, each mended with thin strips of tape on the exterior. The jacket is sleeved in mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 14012513

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Synopsis: Walker Percy's mordantly funny and wholly original contribution to the self-help book craze deals with the Western mind's tendency toward heavy abstraction. This favorite of Percy fans continues to charm and beguile readers of all tastes and backgrounds. Lost in the Cosmos invites us to think about how we communicate with our world.

Review: The late Walker Percy's mordant contribution to the self-help book craze of the 1980s deals with the heavy abstraction of the Western mind and speculates about why writers may be the most abstracted and least grounded of all. (Before taking up novel writing, Percy was a medical doctor who became a patient in the very institution where he had worked.) The book disappeared for a time. Now it's back in print. Take the quizzes in it, then take a walk--you need to be back in the world before you write another word.

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