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The House of PercyHonor, Melancholy, and Imagination in a Southern Family$
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Bertram Wyatt-Brown

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195109825

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109825.001.0001

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Walker and the Legacy of “Uncle Will”

Walker and the Legacy of “Uncle Will”

(p.289) Chapter Sixteen Walker and the Legacy of “Uncle Will”
The House of Percy

Bertram Wyatt-Brown

Oxford University Press

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

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