Walker Percy and the Modern Malaise

Posted December 6, 2017 10:44 pm by Carl Sundell

Walker Percy and the Modern Malaise

Walker Percy (1916-1990), born and raised in the South, was a member of that rare breed of southern Catholic writers. His grandfather and later his father committed suicide. Then followed a car accident in which his mother died, Percy concluding on his own that this was yet another suicide. Out of the ashes of such biographical material another William Faulkner might have gloriously arisen, and some would say Percy came close to fulfilling that destiny. But this was a hopeless task, for as Percy himself once remarked, “If you want to be another Faulkner, you have to spend a good

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