Walker Percy was one of the most influential American writers and philosophers of the twentieth century. He is best known for his first novel, The Moviegoer, which won the National Book Award in 1962. "Walker Percy was many other things, but I seen him in the line of great American figures. People who are determined to find their own way in this country, and aren't settled or satisfied until they've found what they're searching for. It's a classic American search that has one foot in the past and one foot in the world we live in -- of television, of suburbs, of vanished traditions." -- Paul Elie. Percy lived on the banks of the Bogue Falaya in Covington, Louisiana, a small town north of New Orleans. He was a doctor who turned to literature and philosophy, a Southerner more tuned in the European existentialists than to Faulkner -- and he was a convert to Catholicism, who found much of the language of faith to be empty of meaning. In his six highly acclaimed novels and in several collections of essays, he explored issues ranging from the "modern malaise," race relations, semiotics, to the joys of bourbon -- all with singular grace and wit.
Length: 56 minutes