Walker Percy Papers, circa 1910-1992


Walker Percy Papers, circa 1910-1992

Walker Percy was raised in Georgia,Alabama, and Greenville, Miss., and lived most of his adult life in Covington, La.He was the author of six published novels: (1961), (1966), (1971), (1977), (1980), and (1987). He also wrote and neither of which waspublished during his lifetime. Works of non-fiction include (1975), (1983), and (collected essays, unpublished as a collection). Healso wrote numerous short stories, book reviews, philosophical pieces relating tolanguage and to religion, especially Catholicism. TheMoviegoer The Last Gentleman Love in the Ruins Lancelot The SecondComing The Thanatos Syndrome The Gramercy Winner The Charterhouse, The Message in the Bottle Lost in theCosmos Symbol and Existence: AStudy in Meaning The collection includes drafts, notes, and othermaterials relating to all of Percy's major works and to many of his shorter efforts.Also included are subject files containing source materials and other items relatingto authors and topics in which he was particularly interested, including religiousthemes in literature and the intellectual life of the American South. There are alsomaterials relating to John Kennedy Toole's (1980), which Percy helped publish. The collection contains alarge amount of correspondence with authors, critics, and others. Most significantamong Percy's correspondents were Shelby Foote, a life-long friend; Caroline Gordon,who, in the early 1950s, offered Percy in-depth critiques of his work and pointerson writing in general; and Donald Barthelme, who wrote about Percy's submissions tothe journal . Other correspondents includeZoltan Abadi Nagy, Malcolm Bell, Cleanth Brooks, Gary M. Ciuba, James Collins,Ansley Cope, John William Corrington, Robert Woodham Daniel, John N. Deely, CliftonFadiman, Robert Giroux, Peter Handke, John Hofer, Paul Horgan, Kenneth Laine Ketner, Victor A.Kramer, Bernald Malamud, Jacques Maritain, Doug Marlette, Thomas Merton, FlanneryO'Connor, Walter J. Ong, J. F. Powers, Thomas A. Sebeok, Elizabeth Spencer, Lewis P.Simpson, Allen Tate, Mark Taylor, Gene Usdin, Henry Babcock Veatch, Eudora Welty, and C. VannWoodward. There are also over 200 formal and informal photographs, most of Percywith his family, including his uncle William Alexander Percy, but some of Percy withPope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Eudora Welty, Cleanth Brooks, C.Vann Woodward, Elizabeth Spencer, Louis D. Rubin Jr., Ernest Gaines, Shelby Foote,and others. Also included are several hats and a sweater belonging toPercy. A Confederacy ofDunces Forum

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