Walker Percy's picture

Walker Percy

USA flag (1916 - 1990)

Walker Percy (19161990) was one of the most prominent American writers of the twentieth century. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he was the oldest of three brothers in an established Southern family that contained both a Civil War hero and a US senator. Acclaimed for his poetic style and moving depictions of the alienation of modern American culture, Percy was the bestselling author of six fiction titlesincluding the classic novel The Moviegoer (1961), winner of the National Book Awardand fifteen works of nonfiction. In 2005, Time magazine named The Moviegoer one of the best English-language books published since 1923.
Walker Percy recommends
The Killing Ground (1982)
(Beulah Quintet, book 5)
Mary Lee Settle
"The Killing Ground is quite a book. It is a moving novel, peopled by fully realized characters, about the liberation -- in the best sense of that abused word -- of a remarkable woman."
Edisto (1984)
Padgett Powell
"Ttruly remarkable . . . both as a narrative and in its extraordinary use of language."
Almost Innocent (1984)
Sheila Bosworth
"A remarkable first novel. Like the old master Henry James, Sheila Bosworth uses the chilling device of using the mirror of innocence to reflect evil. It is a lovely achievement, a superior one."
Lives of the Saints (1985)
(Voices of the South, book 1)
Nancy Lemann
"A lovely nutty book about a lovely nutty girl... Hilarious, haunting, poignant."

Visitors to this page also looked at these authors