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Eudora Welty and Walker Percy: The Concept of Home in Their Lives and Literature
     

Eudora Welty and Walker Percy: The Concept of Home in Their Lives and Literature

by Marion Montgomery
 

Eudora Welty and Walker Percy were friends but very different writers, even though both were from the Deep South and intensely interested in the relation of place to their fiction. This work explores in each the concept of home and the importance of home to the homo viator (“man on his way”), and anti-idealism and anti-romanticism.
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Eudora Welty and Walker Percy were friends but very different writers, even though both were from the Deep South and intensely interested in the relation of place to their fiction. This work explores in each the concept of home and the importance of home to the homo viator (“man on his way”), and anti-idealism and anti-romanticism.
The differences between Welty and Percy and in their fiction were revealed in the habits of their lives. Welty spent her life in Jackson, Mississippi, and was very much a member of the community. Percy was a wanderer who finally settled in Covington, Louisiana, because it was, as he called it, a “noplace.” The author also asserts that Percy somewhat envied Welty and her stability in Jackson, and that for him, place was such a nagging concern that it became a personal problem to him as homo viator.

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Choice
recommended
Modern Age
engaging...readers...will be rewarded in reading [Montgomery]...provides a pathway out of modernity's dark wood
American Literature
explores the friendship between these authors, the different ways they represented home in their fiction, and how they understood the home viator, or 'man on his way'
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“recommended”—Choice; “engaging...readers...will be rewarded in reading [Montgomery]...provides a pathway out of modernity’s dark wood”—Modern Age; “explores the friendship between these authors, the different ways they represented home in their fiction, and how they understood the home viator, or ‘man on his way’”—American Literature; “a riveting account”—St. Austin Review; “I regard Marion Montgomery as one of the most acute and profound criticis of present-day American culture. He brings to his discussion of it penetrating insight and solid scholarship.”—Cleanth Brooks. “Provides a pathway out of modernity’s dark wood”—Patrick J. Walsh.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786416639
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
12/04/2003
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author

The late Marion Montgomery was professor emeritus of English at the University of Georgia. In 2003, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute honored Montgomery with the Gerhart Niemeyer Award for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship in Liberal Arts. He lived in Crawford, Georgia.

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