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William Alexander Percy


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William Alexander Percy


["A Brittany Love Song"] ["Farmers"]["Overtones"]


William Alexander Percy, Sappho in Levkas, and Other Poems (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1915) [online text] (Yale University Press, 1925)

___________________, In April Once (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1920) [online text]

___________________, Enzio's Kingdom, and Other Poems (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1924)(Yale University Press, 1928)

___________________, Selected Poems (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1930)

___________________, Of Silence and of Stars (Greenville, Mississippi: Levee Press, Limited ed., 1934)(Anne Stokes ed.)

___________________, The Collected Poems of William Alexander Percy (New York: A.A. Knopf, 1943)(A.A. Knopf, 1944)(A.A. Knopf, 1950)

Poetry Anthologies

William Alexander Percy, "Three Wood Songs," "The Gleam," and "Chips," in William Stanley Braithwaite (ed.), Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1926 and Yearbook of American Poetry 330-333 (Boston: B.J. Brimmer Company, 1926)


William Alexander Percy, Lanterns on the Levee: Recollections of a Planter's Son (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1941)(Alfred A. Knopf, 1945)(Alfred A. Knopf, 1948)(Alfred A. Knopf, 1953)(Alfred A. Knopf, 1959)(Alfred A. Knopf, 1966)(Baton Rogue: Louisiana State University Press, 1968)(introd. by Walker Percy)(Louisiana State University Press, 1998)

___________________, Sewanee (New York: F.C. Beil, 1982)(Walker Percy intro.)

___________________ (ed.), Poems of Arthur O'Shaughnessy (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1979)(1923)


Lewis Baker, The Percys of Mississippi (Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 1983)

Frederick Hard, William Alexander Percy: An Address Delivered before The Friends of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library of Tulane University in 1943 (New Orleans: Printed for Frederick Hard by the Alumnae Association, 1954)

McKay Jenkins, The South in Black and White: Race, Sex, and Literature in the 1940s (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999)(discussion of Percy's political and social views)

Bertram Wyatt-Brown, The House of Percy: Honor, Melancholy, and Imagination in a Southern Family (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994)

Bibliography: Articles & Essays

William L. Andrews, In Search of a Common Identity: The Self and the South in Four Mississippi Autobiographies, 24 (1) Southern Review 47-64 (Winter 1988)

Philip Castille, "East Toward Home: Will Percy's Old World Vision," in Philip Castille and William Osborne (eds.), Southern Literature in Transition: Heritage and Promise 101-109 (Memphis: Memphis State University Press, 1983)

James M. Cox, Trial for a Southern Life, 97 (2) Sewanee Review 238-52 (Spring 1989)

Edward J. Dupuy, The Dispossessed Garden of William Alexander Percy, 29 (2) Southern Quarterly 31-41 (Winter 1991)

Jo Gulledge, William Alexander Percy and the Fugitives: A Literary Correspondence, 1921-1923, 21 (2) Southern Review 415-27 (April 1985)(introd. by Walker Percy)

"The Meaning of Aristocracy: Wilbur Cash and William Alexander Percy," in Fred Hobson, Tell About the South: The Southern Rage to Explain 244-294 (Baton Rogue: Louisiana State University Press, 1983)

Lewis A. Lawson, William Alexander Percy, Walker Percy, and the Apocalypse, 24 Modern Age: A Quarterly Review 396-406 (1980)

Eugene Nolte, "William Alexander Percy," in Louis D. Rubin, Jr. (ed.), A Bibliographical Guide to the Study of Southern Literature 258 (Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 1969)

Phinizy Spalding, Mississippi and the Poet: William Alexander Percy, 27 (1) Journal of Mississippi History 63-73 (1965)


Research Resources

William Alexander Percy Papers
Manuscript Sources on Literature, Reading, and Writing
Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections
Hill Memorial Library
Louisiana State University

William Alexander Percy
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Yale Library
New Haven, Connecticut

Walker Percy

Leroy Percy