Walker Percy: American Pilgrim

Jack Schwandt

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1993

Issue: Literature (Vol. 13, No 2, Spring, 1993)

In his novels, we meet Americans who comically pursue phantoms of hope and embrace many a delusion. And those American phantoms and delusions are also among the subjects of his essays. In both his novels and essays, then, Walker Percy is a pathologist, a pathologist of American life. No wonder that he came to regard himself as not only a novelist but an American moralist.

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