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Walker Percy Remembered : A Portrait in the Words of Those Who Knew Him - David Horace Harwell

Walker Percy Remembered

A Portrait in the Words of Those Who Knew Him

Paperback Published: 30th August 2010
ISBN: 9780807871539
Number Of Pages: 200

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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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Easily accessible . . . and certainly revelatory.--Louisiana History

[An] illuminating and affectionate memoir. . . . A pleasure to read . . . recommend[ed] to anyone who loves Percy's writings.--Commonwealth

These conversations not only shed light on a great American author, but also plunge readers into the rhythms of folksy Southern storytelling. Percy fans will relish this small jewel of a book.--Publishers Weekly

The focus in these thirteen flavoursome conversations is on Percy as a friend and fellow citizen. . . . This is an unpretentiously excellent collection of interviews, valuable for its insights not only into Percy but into recent life in the Deep South.--Times Literary Supplement

Harwell's [book] is about as folksy and down-home as it gets when delving into the life of a writer as complex as Percy--Pilot

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

ISBN: 9780807871539
ISBN-10: 0807871532
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 30th August 2010
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Type: New edition