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The Resource The house of Percy : honor, melancholy, and imagination in a Southern family, Bertram Wyatt-Brown

The house of Percy : honor, melancholy, and imagination in a Southern family, Bertram Wyatt-Brown

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The house of Percy : honor, melancholy, and imagination in a Southern family
Title
The house of Percy
Title remainder
honor, melancholy, and imagination in a Southern family
Statement of responsibility
Bertram Wyatt-Brown
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Language
eng
Summary
  • 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
  • In The House of Percy, Bertram Wyatt-Brown masterfully interprets the life of this gifted family, drawing out the twin themes of an inherited inclination to despondency and an abiding sense of honor. The Percy family roots in Mississippi and Louisiana reach back to "Don Carlos" Percy, an eighteenth-century soldier of fortune who amassed a large estate but fell victim to mental disorder and suicide
  • Wyatt-Brown traces the Percys through the slaveholding heyday of antebellum Natchez, the ravages of the Civil War (which produced the heroic Colonel William Alexander Percy, the "Gray Eagle"), and a return to prominence in the Mississippi Delta after Reconstruction. In addition, the author recovers the tragic lives and literary achievements of several Percy-related women, including Sarah Dorsey, a popular post-Civil War novelist who horrified her relatives by befriending Jefferson Davis - a married man - and bequeathing to him her plantation home, Beauvoir, along with her entire fortune
  • Wyatt-Brown then chronicles the life of Senator LeRoy Percy, whose climactic re-election loss in 1911 to a racist demagogue deeply stung the family pride, but inspired his bold defiance to the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. The author then tells the poignant story of poet and war hero Will Percy, the Senator's son
  • The weight of this family narrative found expression in Will Percy's classic memoir, Lanterns on the Levee - and in the works of Walker Percy, who was reared in his cousin Will's Greenville home after the suicidal death of Walker's father and his mother's drowning
  • As the biography of a powerful dynasty, steeped in Southern traditions and claims to kinship with English nobility, The House of Percy shows how in this lineage were combined legend, depression, and grand achievement, and how melancholy itself may lead to inspiring results. Written by a leading scholar of the South, it weaves together intensive research and thoughtful insights into a riveting, unforgettable story
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
929/.2/0973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
CT274.P48
LC item number
W93 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The house of Percy : honor, melancholy, and imagination in a Southern family, Bertram Wyatt-Brown
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 367-442) and index
Contents
Prologue: The Brooding Knight -- Pt. 1. The Early Male Percys. 1. The Demons of Charles Percy. 2. A Son of Two Fathers. 3. Brevity of Life -- Pt. 2. The Female Line. 4. The Philadelphia Years. 5. Two Southern Brontes. 6. Sarah Dorsey. 7. Collision of Minds. 8. Enshrining the Lost Cause -- Pt. 3. The Greenville Percys. 9. A Knight-errant's Defeat. 10. Will Percy: The Years of Testing. 11. At War. 12. The Terrors of Klan and Flood. 13. An Acquaintance with Grief. 14. Stoic Honor. 15. New Duties and Old Memories -- Pt. 4. Fiction, Legend, and Lineage. 16. Walker and the Legacy of "Uncle Will" 17. Walker Percy: The Making of a Southern Novelist. 18. Thanatos and Lineage -- Appendices: Genealogical Charts -- A Selected List of Manuscript Collections
Control code
36348
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 454 p., [26] p. of plates
Isbn
9780195056266
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
93020690
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm28294789
  • (OCoLC)28294789
Label
The house of Percy : honor, melancholy, and imagination in a Southern family, Bertram Wyatt-Brown
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 367-442) and index
Contents
Prologue: The Brooding Knight -- Pt. 1. The Early Male Percys. 1. The Demons of Charles Percy. 2. A Son of Two Fathers. 3. Brevity of Life -- Pt. 2. The Female Line. 4. The Philadelphia Years. 5. Two Southern Brontes. 6. Sarah Dorsey. 7. Collision of Minds. 8. Enshrining the Lost Cause -- Pt. 3. The Greenville Percys. 9. A Knight-errant's Defeat. 10. Will Percy: The Years of Testing. 11. At War. 12. The Terrors of Klan and Flood. 13. An Acquaintance with Grief. 14. Stoic Honor. 15. New Duties and Old Memories -- Pt. 4. Fiction, Legend, and Lineage. 16. Walker and the Legacy of "Uncle Will" 17. Walker Percy: The Making of a Southern Novelist. 18. Thanatos and Lineage -- Appendices: Genealogical Charts -- A Selected List of Manuscript Collections
Control code
36348
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 454 p., [26] p. of plates
Isbn
9780195056266
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
93020690
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm28294789
  • (OCoLC)28294789

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