Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 October 1996

504 Pages | 47 halftones

ISBN: 9780195109825

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The House of Percy

Honor, Melancholy, and Imagination in a Southern Family

Bertram Wyatt-Brown

  • Two centuries of tragedy and triumph in a major Southern family
  • A sweeping family biography—from the 18th-Century "Don Carlos" Percy to novelist Walker Percy
  • Follows generations of gifted Percys, through immense wealth, literary accomplishment, political turmoil, and despondency and suicide
  • Raises fascinating questions about the heredity of depression
  • Interprets the influence of this family past on the writing of Will and Walker Percy

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