Happy 100th Birthday, Walker Percy!


Walker Percy receiving the Campion Award from the Catholic Book Club at Loyola in 1986. L-R: Fr. Thomas Clancy, S.J.; Walker Percy; Fr. Patrick Samway, S.J., Percy's biographer. Archives.

Saturday, May 28th, would have been the 100th birthday of author Walker Percy. Percy was born on May 28, 1916 in Birmingham, Alabama, and achieved fame as the National Book Award for Fiction winner with his novel The Moviegoer. Walker Percy was raised agnostic/Protestant but later converted to Catholicism and wrote extensively about spirituality. He was a longtime Covington, LA resident and taught writing at Loyola, worked on the New Orleans Review, and was instrumental in getting John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces published in 1980, eleven years after Toole’s death.

Maroon, 1976-09-17, Page 4

Special Collections & Archives houses many materials related to Percy, including a large catalog of books (with many first editions and autographed copies, most donated by Percy’s biographer Patrick Samway, S.J.), and several archival collections of correspondence.


Autographed title page to 1st edition of The Moviegoer, reads "To Patrick Samway, S.J., with thanks & gratitude. Walker Percy, Baton Rouge, La., October 9, 1985."

Percy died in 1990, but his influence as a writer, editor, and educator continues to be felt both in Special Collections & Archives and at the Walker Percy Center for Writing & Publishing.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

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