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Walker and the Legacy of “Uncle Will”

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/9780195109825.003.0017
Walker and the Legacy of “Uncle Will”

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Walker Percy's relationship with his adoptive father Will was one of deep love, gratitude, and dependency. After Roy Percy's death, Will Percy sacrificed his comfort and freedom of movement for the sake of the fatherless family. Reflecting upon their ties, Walker some thirty or so years later remarked that his guardian had been willing to shoulder “the burden of parenthood without the consolations of marriage.” The search for self-mastery affected the novelist's life in two respects: the effort to reach maturity and the struggle toward religious conviction. Throughout his life, but most especially before he reached middle age in the 1960s, the spirit of his guardian remained very much alive in Walker's thoughts. After that, his sense of dependence lessened to a degree, but never his gratitude.

Keywords: Walker Percy; Will Percy; Lanterns; Roy Percy

Chapter.  11449 words. 

Subjects: Local and Family History

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