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Stoic Honor

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/9780195109825.003.0015
Stoic Honor

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After his father's funeral at the end of 1929, Will Percy went to New York to visit his bachelor friends Huger Jervey, Lindley Hubbell, and Gerstle Mack to ease his pain and loneliness. Having settled upon the tribute to his father that he wanted, Percy decided during his New York trip to assume the mantle of leadership that his father had worn for so long: he continued his legal practice as a family commitment. He embodied moral strength, love of stability and tradition, and reverence for Stoic principle, but also vulnerability as one who loved the arts, about which Greenvillians had their suspicions. Equally important, Will Percy's intellectual concerns ironically became in time a source of inspiration for Walker Percy's art. Such an outcome was a tribute to Will Percy himself. His exemplary compassion and paternal nurturing and advice were crucial to the development of Walker Percy as a writer and thinker.

Keywords: Will Percy; Walker Percy; Holt Collier; Greenville politics

Chapter.  6758 words. 

Subjects: Local and Family History

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