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

A Portrait in the Words of Those Who Knew Him

By David Horace Harwell

University of North Carolina Press, 9780807830390, 187pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2006



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.