Books by Jay Tolson

THE CORRESPONDENCE OF SHELBY FOOTE AND WALKER PERCY by Jay Tolson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Despite shortcomings in the editorial packaging, the letters provide a fascinating window into a lifelong friendship and the writing life."
Tolson marshals a more comprehensive selection of the 1948-90 correspondence excerpted in his Percy biography, Pilgrim in the Ruins (1992). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"But to leave out, as Tolson largely does, careful inspection of the crosspiece to Percy's pilgrimage of belief—the lies he put his life to making, the fiction—makes this much less than the book it could have been."
Walker Percy was a lot of things: son of a suicide father and, soon after, motherless as well; a pathologist; a TB patient; a Catholic convert and the Church's most interesting orthodox thinker since Chesterton; a dogged nonacademic philosopher; a father of a deaf child; a determinedly middle-class husband and citizen. Read full book review >