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.