The Waltons

Season 1 Episode 11

The Literary Man

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 30, 1972 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • In the closing narration, John-boy states that they never saw nor heard from AJ Covington again.  In fact, AJ will return to Walton's Mountain in The Abdication.

  • Quotes

    • Opening Narration: Growing up on Walton's Mountain in those Depression years, when times were lean and money was scarce, I learned early that hard work was a central fact of life and a key to survival. I wasn't afraid of work, but above everything else I wanted to be a writer. Gripping a book, reading and re-reading the wonderfully colored sentences—this was as close as I could get to another writer, until one afternoon I met someone who showed me the way I must take to be a literary man.

    • Closing Narration: We never saw nor heard from A.J.Covington again. He wandered into our lives, touched them and wandered away. Often when I face the silent challenge of a blank piece of paper I remember the literary man and the advice he gave me. I struggled to keep faith with him and set down the small things, the seemingly trivial things which perhaps taken all together will eventually give at least some suggestion of the love and sacrifice and joy, that sustained one family who lived out the Depression at the foot of Walton's Mountain.

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