[percy-l] Percy-L Digest, Vol 97, Issue 2

Seth C. Holler scholler at gmail.com
Thu Oct 11 13:37:48 EDT 2012

Alex: Try consulting the two collections of interviews (*Conversations* and
*More Conversations*) to see what Percy said about Ellen's role in both
novels. He's surprisingly dismissive -- but that may be a function of his
response to feminist criticism of his novels, and his pride (justifiable in
my opinion) in the character of Allie in *The Second Coming*. In the
interviews you'll also see that he didn't exactly plan the sequels. I
haven't read any of the biographies yet, but I'm sure they'd help you think
about Percy and doubt.

One more point: *Thanatos* is such a depressing book. Dr More's religion
certainly changes, too, no less than Ellen's.

Seth C. Holler, Ph.D. candidate
Graduate Associate in Teaching
English Dept.
The University of Arizona

On Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM, Alex Bell <alexbell25 at tamu.edu> wrote:

> Seth: thanks, i seem to have gotten so bogged down in their similarities
> that i failed to realize that distinction. How then do you interpret
> Ellen's religious change in Thanatos Syndrome?
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