Finding Aid for the Walker Percy Periodicals


Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
Percy, Walker, 1916-1990
Walker Percy Periodicals
0.5 Linear feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
The collection contains periodicals that contain works of author Walker Percy.

Preferred Citation

Walker Percy Periodicals (MUM00359), Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Biographical Note

Novelist and essayist Walker Percy was born 28 May 1916 in Birmingham, Ala., the oldest son of Leroy Pratt and Martha Phinizy Percy. After his father's death in 1929, when Percy was 13, the family lived in Athens, Ga., until 1930 when his mother moved the family to Greenville, Miss. Martha Phinizy Percy died on 2 April 1932 in an automobile accident. Thereafter, Percy and his two brothers lived with their father's cousin, William Alexander Percy, lawyer, landowner, and poet of Greenville, Miss. From Greenville, Percy went to the University of North Carolina (B.A., chemistry, 1937) and then to the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, from which he was graduated in 1941. The next year, while working as an intern, he contracted tuberculosis and spent the following two years in a sanatorium in the Adirondacks. An attempt to return to Columbia to teach in 1944 failed when he suffered a relapse. Upon his recovery, Percy decided to abandon medicine in favor of a career in writing.

In 1946, Percy married Mary Townsend ("Bunt"), a native of Mississippi, and settled shortly afterwards in Covington, La. He and his wife became Roman Catholics at about the time of their marriage. Percy published a number of essays in the 1950s and his first published novel, The Moviegoer, won the 1962 National Book Award for fiction. Other published novels were The Last Gentleman (1966), Love in the Ruins (1971), Lancelot (1977), The Second Coming (1980), and The Thanatos Syndrome (1987). He published two works of non-fiction, The Message in the Bottle (1975) and Lost in the Cosmos (1983).

Walker Percy died of cancer on 10 May 1990. He was survived by his wife and their two daughters, Mary Pratt Percy Lobdell and Ann Boyd Percy Moores.

(Biographical note taken from the description of the Walker Percy Papers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. According to the UNC-CH website, "This note draws from material in Southern Writers: A Biographical Dictionary ; Robert Coles, Walker Percy: An American Search ; and the Encyclopedia of Southern History .")

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Scope and Content

The collection contains various periodicals containing works of Walker Percy. Periodicals include The Delta Review,  The South Today, and  Southern Voice.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries 2012

Access Restrictions

The Walker Percy Periodicals Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.


Further additions to this collection are possible.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives and Special Collections staff. EAD finding aid begun in 2005. Finding aid completed by Kathryn Michaelis, November 2012.

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Related Materials

Related Materials at the University of Mississippi

Walker Percy Small Manuscripts (MUM00360), Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library

Related Materials at Other Repositories

Walker Percy Papers (04294), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Percy, Walker, 1916-1990 -- Interviews
  • Percy, Walker, 1916-1990


  • Authors, American -- 20th century

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Collection Inventory

 1.1 "Cinematographic Souvenir." In  The Delta Review, Winter 1963-1964, p.25. 

 1.2 "Mississippi: The Fallen Paradise." In  The South Today...100 Years After Appomatox (a  Harper's Special Supplement), April 1965, p. 166. 

 1.3-1.4 Interview with Walker Percy by Barbara King. In Southern Voice, May/June 1974, p. 19. 

Scope and Content

Two copies.