By David Horace Harwell
Walker Percy (1916-1990), the reclusive southern writer most famed for his 1961 novel The Moviegoer, lived so much of his grownup existence in Covington, Louisiana. within the spirit of conventional southern storytelling, this biography of Percy takes its form from candid interviews along with his relatives, shut pals, and associates. Their voices—sometimes in contract, occasionally not—reveal the methods Percy interacted with the folk in his very intentionally selected environment.In 13 interviews, we get to grasp Percy via his lifelong pal Shelby Foote, his brothers LeRoy and Phin Percy, his former priest, his housekeeper, and previous lecturers, between others, all of their personal phrases. Over the process the interviews, readers research intimate info of Percy's writing strategy; his interplay with group contributors of alternative ethnic, spiritual, and socioeconomic backgrounds; and his dedication to civil rights concerns. featuring Percy from numerous vantage issues, David Harwell offers new fabric to aid us higher comprehend Percy's existential questionings and gives a extra complete therapy of the writer's personality than conventional biographies supply. What emerges is a multidimensional portrait of Percy as a guy, a pal, and a friend.
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We did Raymond Carver, Ellen Gilchrist’s books. Walker really didn’t like Gilchrist very much. He was a very insightful critic, a wonderful critic. He could just pierce to the center of things. One year he was called upon to act as a judge in a contest, and we all read all of the stuﬀ, and all of us picked the winner. It was a ﬁction contest. Walker asked us to participate with him to check himself and measure his opinions against ours. It was amazing how close all of us were in our evaluations of the work.
Anybody who tries to tell you that just doesn’t know what they’re talking about, it’s that simple. Now he was not a guy to suffer fools with any great spirit of gladness, and he was jealous of his time, and he didn’t like people butting into his life who didn’t know what he was working on or who didn’t have any common interests with him, but he was one of the most generous people with his time, for people who did, that I know of. Would you comment on Walker’s involvement with the civil rights movement in this area?
Things went pretty well in this end of the parish. There were other places in St. Tammany Parish where this was not true. Down around the Pearl River is a strong hold of the Klan, and things got pretty ugly down there. There were some church bombings. How long was this committee in effect? To call it a committee makes it sound rather more oﬃcial than it was. It was just a group of people who got together, who were available to other people, and they knew if there was a problem, they could get hold of one of us and talk it over.