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Walker Percy
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Birth Date:May 28, 1916
Astrology Sign:Gemini
Chinese Sign:Dragon - Yang
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Died Date:May 10, 1990

Occupation:US novelist

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Walker Percy

Biography:Walker Percy (May 28, 1916 - May 10, 1990), Southern author, born in Birmingham, Alabama. During his high school years, his father committed suicide and his mother died, probably also a suicide, in a car crash, after which he and his two younger brothers moved to Greenville, Mississippi, where his cousin William Alexander Percy, gay lawyer, poet, and autobiographer, became their guardian and adopted them. “Uncle Will” introduced Walker to many writers and poets and to a neighboring boy his own age - Shelby Foote, who became Walker’s life-long best friend.

Percy attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and trained as a medical doctor at Columbia, receiving his medical degree in 1941. After contracting TB while interning at Bellevue, he was psychoanalyzed by a protégé of Henry Stack Sullivan, a gay friend of Will’s. He married Mary Bernice Townsend on November 7, 1946, and they raised their two daughters in Covington, Louisiana. Although a prolific existentialist and essayist, Percy, a Catholic convert, is best known for his "philosophical novels", the first of which, The Moviegoer, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1962. Allen Tate’s wife, the poet Caroline Gordon, like Walker a Catholic convert, had helped him improve his style. In 1989 the National Endowment for the Humanities chose him as Jefferson Lecturer, for which he read, “The Fateful Rift: The San Andreas Fault in the Modern Mind.”

Percy’s most remarkable novel, Lancelot, differs much from his others but resembles the gothic bestseller The House of Bouverie published by his cousin Catherine Anne Warfield in 1860. He denied any inspiration from Warfield’s novel.

Drinking heavily in his final years, he died of prostate cancer in 1990 at 72, the first male Percy to live past 70.

As young men, Shelby and Walker decided to pay their respects to William Faulkner by visiting him in Oxford, Mississippi. However, when they finally drove up to his home, Percy was so in awe of the literary giant that he could not bring himself to talk to him. Later on, he recounted how he could only sit in the car and watch while Foote and Faulkner had a lively conversation on the porch.

Percy was instrumental in getting John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces published in 1980, over a decade after Toole's tragic suicide.

In spite of the nurturing from his gay, adoptive father, Will Alexander Percy, Walker’s steadfast denial of Will’s homosexuality and his homophobia show through most of his works from the first, The Moviegoer - where he made “Uncle Will” into a woman and Will’s old-maid friend Miss Charlotte Gailor, doyenne of the University of the South, into a man - to the last.

Chinese Horoscope for Walker Percy
Includes characteristics and Vices
Walker Percy's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: February 03, 1916 - January 22, 1917
Birthday: May 28, 1916

The Dragon is a Yang,
and is the Fifth sign of the Chinese horoscope.

Good Health

Personality and Character Cards:
Personality and character cards are identical!

Walker Percy's Personality Tarot Card The Hierophant - Personality Card

Birthday: May 28, 1916

Guidance on religious matters and the need to find spiritual meaning in life.

This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Walker Percy's Growth Tarot Card The Hierophant

Birthday: May 28, 2024

Guidance on religious matters and the need to find spiritual meaning in life.




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