Beginning in the 1970s, a noticeable shift in focus and subject matter in Gerhart Niemeyer's writings took place. It was in that decade that he began to concentrate less on the intellectual and geopolitical threat of communism and more on the cultural and spiritual condition of the West.
In spite of his six widely read novels, his two works of nonfiction (with their original contributions to the study of language and the human psyche), and his two national literary awards, Walker Percy remained a figure on the fringes of the American literary establishment. Though he had many admirers among scholars and the average, “educated” reader, he encountered much hostility precisely because his vision was resolutely at odds with the prevailing secular liberalism of the “New Class” intellectuals who dominate our cultural citadels. . . .