A Political Companion to Walker Percy

A Political Companion to Walker Percy

Political Companions to Great American Authors

Edited by Peter Augustine Lawler and Brian A. Smith

Contributions by Peter Augustine Lawler, Brian A. Smith, Peter Augustine Lawler, Brian A. Smith, Ralph C. Wood, Elizabeth Amato, Woods Nash, James V. Schall, Nathan P. Carson, Farrell O'Gorman, Micah Mattix, Richard M. Reinsch II, Brendan P. Purdy and Janice Daurio

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

272 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780813147420
  • Published: June 2014

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  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780813141886
  • Published: July 2013

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In 1962, Walker Percy (1916--1990) made a dramatic entrance onto the American literary scene when he won the National Book Award for fiction with his first novel, The Moviegoer. A physician, philosopher, and devout Catholic, Percy dedicated his life to understanding the mixed and somewhat contradictory foundations of American life as a situation faced by the wandering and won-dering human soul. His controversial works combined existential questioning, scientific investigation, the insight of the southern stoic, and authentic religious faith to produce a singular view of humanity's place in the cosmos that ranks among the best American political thinking.

An authoritative guide to the political thought of this celebrated yet complex American author, A Political Companion to Walker Percy includes seminal essays by Ralph C. Wood, Richard Reinsch II, and James V. Schall, S.J., as well as new analyses of Percy's view of Thomistic realism and his reaction to the American pursuit of happiness. Editors Peter Augustine Lawler and Brian A. Smith have assembled scholars of diverse perspectives who provide a necessary lens for interpreting Percy's works. This comprehensive introduction to Percy's "American Thomism" is an indispensable resource for students of American literature, culture, and politics.