Walker Percy Remembered: A Portrait in the Words of Those Who Knew Him

Walker Percy Remembered: A Portrait in the Words of Those Who Knew Him

by David Horace Harwell
     
 

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Walker Percy (1916-1990), the reclusive southern author most famous for his 1961 novel The Moviegoer, spent much of his adult life in Covington, Louisiana. In the spirit of traditional southern storytelling, this biography of Percy takes its shape from candid interviews with his family, close friends, and acquaintances. In thirteen interviews, we get to know

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Walker Percy (1916-1990), the reclusive southern author most famous for his 1961 novel The Moviegoer, spent much of his adult life in Covington, Louisiana. In the spirit of traditional southern storytelling, this biography of Percy takes its shape from candid interviews with his family, close friends, and acquaintances. In thirteen interviews, we get to know Percy through his lifelong friend Shelby Foote, Percy's brothers LeRoy and Phin, his former priest, his housekeeper, and former teachers, among others—all in their own words. Over the course of the interviews, readers learn intimate details of Percy's writing process; his interaction with community members of different ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds; and his commitment to civil rights issues. What emerges is a multidimensional portrait of Percy as a man, a friend, and a family member.

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The thirteen interviews here . . . will endear you to the man and introduce you to his many wonderful books.—Acadiana LifeStyle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807830390
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/04/2006
Edition description:
1
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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Walker Percy continues to fascinate us as a literary genius and also as someone endowed with uncommon wisdom, depth of character, and spiritual strength. David Harwell has felicitously assembled the reminiscences of a diverse group of Percy's neighbors, close friends, and kinspeople. Through their sharp insights and telling anecdotes, we discover why he was so beloved by those who knew him well. All admirers of Walker Percy's literary art will appreciate this remarkable, poignant collection.—Bertram Wyatt-Brown, author of The House of Percy: Honor, Melancholy, and Imagination in a Southern Family and The Literary Percys: Family History, Gender and Legend

Meet the Author

Dr. David Horace Harwell is assistant professor of English at the College of the Bahamas in Freeport, Bahamas.

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