Languages of Mystery: Walker Percy's Legacy in Contemporary Southern Fiction by Farrell O'Gorman "For me [Walker Percy] was the writer who told me . . . that everything can be magic--a trunk in an attic, the ninth green of a golf course. We all go through hating the South, even though Quentin said, `I don't hate it, I don't hate it, I don't, I don't.' Oh yes we did, a lot of us, for a long time. . . . Then Walker walked out on a golf course and the South--our South--came alive. An old greenhouse became a castle. A cave became not more than a cave but the true cave of man's self-deception and death. . . . This is such reality, and this is how I've always thought Walker Percy taught me to write--not the mundane thing of learning to write, but simply learning that the work is too hard to do anything but try to tell the truth and see its lights and see its magic."1 --Mary Lee Settle, "Walker Percy" In 1975 the authors of Southern Literary Study: Problems and Possibilities posed the following query: "Is the introduction of `alien' philosophical concepts into recent
The Southern Literary Journal – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 6, 2002
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