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Walker Percy

Southern philosophical novelist

1916   -   1990

genre: novel, essay
country of citizenship: United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed: American English
educated at: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Columbia University, Greenville Weston High School
occupation: writer, novelist, philosopher, physician
award received: National Book Award for Fiction, St. Louis Literary Award, Jefferson Lecture, Laetare Medal
influenced by: Albert Camus, Charles Sanders Peirce, Gabriel Marcel, Jean-Paul Sartre, Søren Kierkegaard, Susanne Langer, Thomas Aquinas

Walker Percy, Obl.S.B. (May 28, 1916 – May 10, 1990) was an American writer whose interests included philosophy and semiotics. Percy is noted for his philosophical novels set in and around New Orleans; his first novel, The Moviegoer, won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.Trained as a physician at Columbia University, Percy decided to become a writer instead after a bout of tuberculosis. He devoted his literary life to the exploration of "the dislocation of man in the modern age." His work displays a combination of existential questioning, Southern sensibility, and deep Catholic faith. He had a lifelong friendship with author and historian Shelby Foote and spent much of his life in Covington, Louisiana, where he died of prostate cancer in 1990.
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