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Walker Percy

Walker Percy, American author. Recipient award National Endowment of the Humanities, Doctor Jefferson lecturer. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences; member National Institute Arts and Letters.

Background

  • Percy, Walker was born on May 28, 1916 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. Son of Leroy Pratt and Martha Susan (Phinizy) Percy.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University North Carolina, 1937. Doctor of Medicine, Columbia University, 1941.

    Career

    • Intern Bellevue Hospital, New York City, 1942. Writer, 1943-1990.

    Works

    • The Moviegoer - First Avon Printing
    • FROM BACK OF BOOK: Binx Bolling is the moviegoer, a model citizen and model tenant in a suburb of New Orleans, a man who sells stocks for a living but lives for the bright, fleeting moments of celluloid reality that he experiences in the movies.
    • Annie's War: Love Amid the Ruins, Book 2
    • This novel is 2nd in a Trilogy about the 17-year-old activist and co-conspirator with John Brown at Harpers Ferry, his daughter Annie Hope Brown, who falls in love with her father's 1st-in-command and is having John Henry Kagi's baby.
    • The Last Gentleman: A Novel
    • Will Barrett is a 25-year-old wanderer from the South living in New York City, detached from his roots and with no plans for the future, until the purchase of a telescope sets off a romance and changes his life forever.

    Religion

    Denomination: Roman Catholic

    Membership

    Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member National Institute Arts and Letters.

    Connections

    • Married Mary Bernice Townsend, November 7, 1946. Children: Mary Pratt, Ann Boyd.
    • father: Leroy Pratt Percy
    • mother: Martha Susan (Phinizy) Percy
    • spouse: Mary Bernice Townsend
    • children: Mary Pratt Percy
    • Ann Boyd Percy
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    Died March 10, 1990
    (aged 73)
    Nationality
    • 1937
      University North Carolina
    • 1941
      Columbia University
    • 1942
      Intern, Bellevue Hospital
    • 1943 - 1990
      writer

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