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Will Percy: The Years of Testing

Bertram Wyatt-Brown

in The House of Percy

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780195109825
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854240 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109825.003.0011
Will Percy: The Years of Testing

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With the exception of Walker Percy, the novelist, no other member of the family in the United States ever matched the subtlety and individuality of LeRoy's son, William Alexander Percy. To win acclaim within the household and in the public arena, Will Percy strove against the frailties of human nature itself, not only to develop in himself virtues that the Percys and the Southern public could respect, but also to set an example of noblesse oblige for others to follow. In this highly conscious effort, Will Percy became the most gifted mythmaker in the family, raising the aim toward honor ever higher. This chapter traces the factors that induced his drive, as well as the mourning, anger, and the life of isolation and single state that Will Percy experienced back to his infancy, his upbringing, and his very young manhood.

Keywords: William Percy; LeRoy Percy; Walker Percy; Greenville

Chapter.  8290 words. 

Subjects: Local and Family History

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