At War

Bertram Wyatt-Brown

in The House of Percy

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780195109825
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854240 | DOI:
At War

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In the summer of 1914, the Great War in Europe had begun, and, upon returning to Greenville, Will Percy remembered that he was miserable. Inspiration came from his distant New York cousin Janet Dana, a romantic, enthusiastic young woman who shared Will Percy's conservative tastes in art and literature. Will Percy enlisted in the army with the object of earning a commission. His experiences in 1917 and 1918 were intense enough to provide him with a grim seasoning in war's terror and boredom. As a soldier, he began to develop some new ideas, but later subsided into old personal patterns and returned to the culture of his father and forefathers. Despite the gloom of his writing, however, Will Percy actually had reached a plateau of relative contentment in the first postwar decade.

Keywords: Great War; Will Percy; Janet Dana

Chapter.  9020 words. 

Subjects: Local and Family History

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