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The House of Percy: Honor, Melancholy, and Imagination in a Southern Family

Bertram Wyatt-Brown


The novels of Walker Percy—The Moviegoer, Lancelot, The Second Coming, and The Thanatos Syndrome to name a few—have left a permanent mark on twentieth-century Southern fiction; yet the history of the Percy family in America matches anything, perhaps, that he could have created. Two centuries of wealth, literary accomplishment, political leadership, depression, and sometimes suicide established a fascinating legacy that lies behind Walker Percy's acclaimed prose and profound insight into the human condition. This book interprets the life of this gifted family, drawing out the twin themes of an ... More

Keywords: Walker Percy, Southern fiction, Percy family, Mississippi

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780195109825
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109825.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bertram Wyatt-Brown, author
University of Florida