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Walker Percy, the Last Catholic Novelist

Southern Literary Studies

256 pages / 6.00 x 9.00 inches / no illustrations

Literature - American

  Paperback / 9780807122983 / March 1998

“With Quinlan’s informed, sympathetic, but rigorously analytical study, Walker Percy, a Catholic convert with a compulsion to defend his faith both in essays and in fiction, finally gets a superb scholarly exposition of not only the neoconservative theological orthodoxy of this work but also the rapidly changing religious, intellectual, and cultural context in which he wrote.”—Choice

“Combining close textual readings and biographical insight, Kieran Quinlan’s book offers not merely a splendid study of a major American author but also a broadly conceived intellectual history of American Catholicism since World War II. . . . I was literally stunned by the freshness and vitality of a work that the general reader, as well as the cloistered scholar, will find inspired, illuminating, and accessible.”—Bertram Wyatt-Brown, author of The House of Percy 

Kieran Quinlan is the author of Walker Percy, the Last Catholic Novelist and John Crowe Ransom's Secular Faith. Born in Dublin, he spent several years as a Trappist monk and is currently writing an account of that experience. He is a professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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