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An Acquaintance with Grief

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/9780195109825.003.0014
An Acquaintance with Grief

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Along with the fight against the Klan and the Mississippi River Flood, burdens of a personal nature lay heavy on the shoulders of LeRoy Percy and his son Will, beginning in 1917. The first of a series of family calamities occurred when tragedy struck LeRoy's brother Walker, the Birmingham attorney. It was the first suicide in the family since the reclusive LeRoy Pope Percy had taken his life in 1882. Following his father's suicide, Roy and his growing family moved into the Arlington Avenue mausoleum. Given the sad event that had taken place in that ugly, almost Charles Addams-like house, it was by no means a healthy choice. Unfortunately, along with the mansion, LeRoy Pratt Percy inherited his father's misery as well. Walker Percy's death reawakened old fears in the family circle that a banished demon had returned to ravage the members once again.

Keywords: Walker Percy; melancholia; suicide; Roy Percy

Chapter.  5977 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Local and Family History

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