In 1962, Walker Percy (1916-1990) made a dramatic entrance onto the American literary scene when he won the National Book Award for fiction with his first novel, The Moviegoer. A physician, philosopher, and devout Catholic, Percy dedicated his life to understanding the mixed and somewhat contradictory foundations of American life as a situation faced by the wandering and won-dering human soul. His controversial works combined existential questioning, scientific investigation, the insight of the
Peter Augustine Lawler is Dana Professor of Government at Berry College. He is the author of numerous books, including Modern and American Dignity: Who We Are as Persons, and What That Means for Our Future.
Brian A. Smith is assistant professor of political science at Montclair State University.