Patrick Samway

Patrick Samway, S.J., author of Walker Percy: A Life and the editor of Signposts in a Strange Land, a collection of Percy’s essays, is professor emeritus of English at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He is also the author or editor/co-editor of thirteen books, including The Letters of Robert Giroux and Thomas Merton (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015) and Flannery O’Connor and Robert Giroux: A Publishing Partnership (University of Notre Dame Press, 2018). He earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his M.Div. from Woodstock College, and his M.A. and B.A. from Fordham University. His past professional posts include serving on the faculties of LeMoyne College, Loyola University in New Orleans, and Boston College, and serving as literary editor of the national Jesuit magazine America.


Volume 147

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Guests on Volume 147: R. Jared Staudt on the tradition of brewing beer in monastic and Christian culture; Jason Peters on defining localism, dealing with discontent and imperfection, and appreciating nostalgia; D. C. Schindler on the classical and Christian understanding of the Transcendentals and why they matter now; Craig Gay on why we need a theology of personhood in response to challenges posed by technology; Mary Hirschfeld on comparing contemporary economics with economics as understood by Thomas Aquinas; and Patrick Samway on the publishing relationship between Flannery O’Connor and Robert Giroux.


Volume 27

Guests on Volume 27: John Horgan, on whether or not we're coming to the end of the age of science; Keith Devlin, on the limits of logic; Robert Kanigel, on modern industrial efficiency; Kate Campbell, on music and memories; Patrick Samway, on Walker Percy: A Life; J. Budziszewski, on tolerance and the law "written on the heart"; Jeff Johnson, on his recordings with flutist Brian Dunning; and Stephen Lawhead, on retelling the Arthurian legends.