On this day in Alabama history: Renowned novelist Walker Percy was born

On this day in Alabama history: Renowned novelist Walker Percy was born
Walker Percy (1916-1990) was a writer from Birmingham whose novels and nonfiction works explored themes of philosophy and spirituality. His most famous novel, "The Moviegoer," won the National Book Award for fiction in 1962. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of Rhoda K. Faust, Maple Street Book Shop, New Orleans)

May 28, 1916

Walker Percy was born in Birmingham on this day. His father was a lawyer who worked for coal and iron companies, and the family lived in the wealthy suburb of Mountain Brook. Percy went to college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and began medical studies at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University in New York City. He contracted tuberculosis while an intern at Bellevue Hospital, which led to him abandon medicine as a career. Percy moved to New Orleans, married and began writing essays and fiction. Percy’s most famous novel was “The Moviegoer,” which was published in 1961 and won the prestigious National Book Award the following year.

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