Walker Percy (2912 words)

  • Susan Donaldson (College of William and Mary )

“Whatever impetus I had towards writing owes nothing to sitting on a porch listening to anybody tell stories about the South, believe me,” Walker Percy once observed in an interview. “I think the day of regional Southern writing is all gone. I think that people who try to write in that style are usually repeating a phased out genre or doing Faulkner badly.” Deeply immersed in Christian existentialism, Percy spent the greater part of his life and career, like so many of his protagonists, resisting the lure of his familial and regional antecedents in Mississippi and Louisiana, yet the six novels he produced, as well as his two nonfiction books and numerous essays in philosophy and semiotics, never quite managed to extricate the w…

Donaldson, Susan. "Walker Percy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 July 2005
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3533, accessed 27 October 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Literature of the American South