August 21, 1991 |
Sin, semiotics and sucking the heads off crawfish were among the lifelong preoccupations of Walker Percy, as we discover in "Signposts in a Strange Land," a fat and satisfying anthology of the late novelist's essays, public addresses, letters, interviews and other literary ephemera.
October 26, 1990 |
On a chilly afternoon, as Manhattan's rush hour filled the streets and sidewalks, friends and admirers of the late Walker Percy gathered in a hushed midtown church Wednesday to remember his living legacy as a writer. Percy, whose powerful novels about the South are studies in human faith and despair, was called a titan of American letters by such luminaries as Eudora Welty, Shelby Foote, Wilfrid Sheed, Mary Lee Settle and Stanley Kauffmann.
October 7, 1990 |
Henry Kisor, whose story this is, is stone deaf and has been so since an illness at age 3. Now in his 50s, he is a working journalist at the height of his profession, book editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, husband (of a hearing woman), and father of college-age sons. Between the illness of the child and the success of the man lies the story, a lifelong struggle against what Dr. Johnson rightly called "the most desperate of human calamities."
May 27, 1990 |
On May 10 of this year, Binx Bolling, a stockbroker in New Orleans, emerged from the matinee screening of a Hollywood film and was told the news. Across town, word reached Lancelot Lamar in his madhouse cell. In Manhattan, Will Barrett, employed at night as a maintenance engineer at Macy's, received word as he was training his high-powered telescope on a young woman sitting on a bench in Central Park. And in Covington, La., across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, Dr.
May 11, 1990 |
Walker Percy, the late-blooming novelist who wrote in the manner of European existentialists yet whose fictional milieus were distinctly American, died of cancer Thursday at his home in Covington, La. The Associated Press said he was 74 when he died at his home on the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, across Lake Pontchatrain from New Orleans.