"If I had the choice of knowing the truth or searching for the truth, I'd take the search."
Walker Percy (1916-90)
Alabama-born, Mississippi-raised and North Carolina-educated, the writer and essayist Walker Percy rejected the conventions of Southern writing (which he called "a phased-out genre") in favor of a deeply felt Christian existentialism. Inspired by Søren Kierkegaard and other European authors, Percy meditated on faith and satirized the flaws of secular society in six novels, among them The Moviegoer (1962), which won the National Book Award, The Last Gentleman (1966), and Love in the Ruins (1971). He repeatedly drew on his own experiences -- not least of which his father's suicide -- to depict youngish male protagonists who struggled with the failings of their fathers.