Walker Percy

1916 - 1990

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Walker Percy, Obl.S.B. (May 28, 1916 – May 10, 1990) was an American writer whose interests included philosophy and semiotics. Percy is noted for his philosophical novels set in and around New Orleans; his first novel, The Moviegoer, won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.Trained as a physician at Columbia University, Percy decided to become a writer instead after a bout of tuberculosis. He devoted his literary life to the exploration of "the dislocation of man in the modern age." His work displays a combination of existential questioning, Southern sensibility, and deep Catholic faith. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walker Percy has received more than 472,817 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Walker Percy is the 5,049th most popular writer (down from 4,447th in 2019), the 9,007th most popular biography from United States (down from 7,915th in 2019) and the 694th most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, Walker Percy ranks 5,049 out of 5,794Before him are Lucía Etxebarría, María Dueñas, Banjo Paterson, Robert Cormier, Sony Lab'ou Tansi, and François Nourissier. After him are Thomas Lodge, Zitkala-Sa, Amira Hass, Mike Godwin, Katie Couric, and Gwendolyn Brooks.

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Among people born in 1916, Walker Percy ranks 228Before him are I. J. Good, Dorothy Cheney, Kåre Holt, Frank Parker, George Montgomery, and Martha Raye. After him are Marie Wilson, Leslie Thorne, Günther Ortmann, Gene Mako, Don Keefer, and Tony Bettenhausen. Among people deceased in 1990, Walker Percy ranks 231Before him are Juan Manuel Bordeu, Mike Mazurki, Jimmy Van Heusen, Alice Marble, David Hampshire, and Charles Farrell. After him are Pearl Bailey, June Christy, Bob Gerard, Susan Oliver, Alan Hale Jr., and Elizabeth Allan.

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Among people born in United States, Walker Percy ranks 9,007 out of 15,968Before him are Billy Porter (1969), Janine Turner (1962), Lee Calhoun (1933), Ruth Roland (1892), William E. Thornton (1929), and Brad Anderson (1964). After him are Nelly (1974), Jim Hall (1935), Eddie Cahill (1978), Anikka Albrite (1988), Buck Owens (1929), and Joe E. Brown (1891).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Walker Percy ranks 694Before him are William Wallace Denslow (1856), Theodore Roethke (1908), Kenneth Rexroth (1905), Veronica Roth (1988), Tony Kushner (1956), and Robert Cormier (1925). After him are Zitkala-Sa (1876), Mike Godwin (1956), Katie Couric (1957), Gwendolyn Brooks (1917), Michael Chabon (1963), and Richelle Mead (1976).