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Guide to available resources on the life and work of author Walker Percy.

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This guide highlights our Walker Percy archival collections, book collections, and relevant databases.

Walker Percy (1916-1990) was an American novelist born in Birmingham, Ala. and who died in Covington, La. Percy was known for his philosophical and psychological novels in which characters search for happiness. He was influenced by the existentialists and his conversion to Roman Catholicism and is known as a major Southern writer. His most famous novel is The Moviegoer (1961). Percy taught at Loyola University and was instrumental in getting John Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy Of Dunces published in 1980.

Source: "Walker Percy." Merriam Webster's Biographical Dictionary, Merriam Webster, 1995.