[...] Percy's differences with Peirce, perhaps most crucial of which was his rejection on "both scientifi c and theological grounds" of those idealistic elements in Peirce's thought suggesting that matter is merely "effete mind" and that individuals exist only as "bundles of semioses" (25). Desmond's careful discussion of Percy's last novel-itself directly concerned with the intellectual and moral failures that laid the groundwork for the Holocaust-is made all the more compelling by his connection of Percy to Steiner in their provocative belief that the covenant of words is ultimately grounded in the presence of the divine Logos in Judaism and Christianity. [...] for both authors the attempt to annihilate the Jews was somehow bound up with an attempt to erase the Word from human history and consciousness (238).
374 / REVIEWS psychotic’s fate across the century and in popular culture. Nancy Mekeler’s 1994 Sister,
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