[May 28, 1916 – May 10, 1990]
Eudora Welty and Walker Percy: The Concept of Home in Their Lives and Literature (2003) by Marion Montgomery|
Eudora Welty and
Walker Percy were friends but very different
writers, even though both were from the Deep South and intensely
interested in the relation of place to their fiction. This work explores
in each the concept of home and the importance of home to the homo viator
("man on his way"), and anti-idealism and anti-romanticism.
The differences between Welty and Percy and in their fiction were revealed
in the habits of their lives. Welty spent her life in Jackson,
Mississippi, and was very much a member of the community. Percy was a
wanderer who finally settled in Covington, Louisiana, because it was, as
he called it, a "noplace." The author also asserts that Percy somewhat
envied Welty and her stability in Jackson, and that for him, place was
such a nagging concern that it became a personal problem to him as homo
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