Walker Percy Bibliography


Philosophical Essays



  • Brinkmeyer, Robert H. Three Catholic Writers of the Modern South.
    Jackson: U of Mississippi P, 1985. (Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon,
    Walker Percy).
  • Coles, Robert. Walker Percy, An American Search. Boston: Little Brown,
    1978. (Coles was a close friend of Percy's, whose opinions Percy
    greatly valued. Yet Percy felt that Coles may have overlooked the
    darker, more malicious side of his nature, precisely because Coles
    himself is such a decent man.
  • Hardy, John Edward. The Fiction of Walker Percy. Urbana: U of Illinois
    P, 1987. (A meticulous reading of Percy's novels).
  • Hawkins, Peter S. The Language of Grace: Flannery O'Connor, Walker
    Percy & Iris Murdoch. Cambridge: Mass: Cowley, 1983.
  • Hobson, Linda Whitney. Understanding Walker Percy. Columbia, SC; U
    of South Carolina P, 1988.
  • Howland, Mary Deems. The Gift of the Other: Gabriel Marcel's Concept of
    intersubjectivity in Walker Percy's Novels. Pittsburgh: Duquesne U
    P, 1990.
  • Lawson, Lewis A. Following Percy: Essays on Walker Percy's Work.
    Troy, NY: Whitston, 1988. Lawson was one of the first scholars to
    attempt to relate Percy's fiction and non-fiction works. He carried on
    an increasingly cordial, twenty-five year correspondence with Percy.
  • ---., and Victor A. Kraemer, eds. Conversations with Walker Percy.
    Jackson: U of Mississippi P, 1985.
  • Luschei, Martin. The Sovereign Wayfarer: Walker Percy's Diagnosis of the
    Malaise. Baton Rouge: L S U Press, 1972. (A reworked dissertation,
    this book "impressed Percy by its generosity and by its thorough
    explication of the intellectual substructure of his fiction."
  • Percy, William Alexander (1885-1942). Lanterns of the Levee:
    Recollections of a Planter's Son. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State U P,
    1973 [1941]. (Walker Percy wrote the introduction to this re-issue of
    his Uncle Will's book.)
  • Poteat, Patricia Lewis. Walker Percy and the Old Modern Age. Baton
    Rouge: Louisiana S U P, 1985. (Poteat critiques Percy's language
    theories. She thinks his theoretical work is self-contradictory, but
    that his novels provide a more cogent critique of Cartesianism.)
  • Reid Broughton, Panthea, ed. The Art of Walker Percy: Strategems for
    Being. Baton Rouge: L S U Press, 1979.
  • Spivey, Ted Ray. The Writer as Shaman: the Pilgrimages of Conrad Aiken
    and Walker Percy. Macon, GA: Mercer U P, 1986.
  • Taylor, L. Jerome. In Search of Self, Life, Death, and Walker Percy.
    Cambridge, MA: Cowley, 1986.
  • Tharpe, Jac. Walker Percy, Art and Ethics. Jackson: U P of Mississippi,
  • ---. Walker Percy. Boston: Twayne, 1983.
  • Wood, Ralph C. The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic
    Vision in Four American Novelists. Notre Dame: U Notre Dame P,
    1988. (Percy, Updike, O'Connor, De Vries. Percy appreciated
    Wood's close readings of his work.)