Laterns on the Levee

Laterns on the Levee

by William Alexander Percy
     
 

Born and raised in Greenville, Mississippi, within the shelter of old traditions, aristocratic in the best sense, William Alexander Percy in his lifetime (1885--1942) was brought face to face with the convulsions of a changing world. Lanterns on the Levee is his memorial to the South of his youth and young manhood. In describing life in the Mississippi Delta, Percy

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Born and raised in Greenville, Mississippi, within the shelter of old traditions, aristocratic in the best sense, William Alexander Percy in his lifetime (1885--1942) was brought face to face with the convulsions of a changing world. Lanterns on the Levee is his memorial to the South of his youth and young manhood. In describing life in the Mississippi Delta, Percy bridges the interval between the semifeudal South of the 1800s and the anxious South of the early 1940s. The rare qualities of this classic memoir lie not in what Will Percy did in his life -- although his life was exciting and varied -- but rather in the intimate, honest, and soul-probing record of how he brought himself to contemplate unflinchingly a new and unstable era. The 1973 introduction by Walker Percy -- Will's nephew and adopted son -- recalls the strong character and easy grace of "the most extraordinary man I have ever known."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807100721
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Library of Southern Civilization Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
720,505
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

IThe Delta3
IIDelta Folks16
IIIMur and Nain25
IVMere and Pere35
VPlaymates46
VIA Side-Show Gotterdammerung56
VIIA Small Boy's Heroes65
VIIILearning from Teachers76
IXSewanee92
XA Year Abroad105
XIAt the Harvard Law School113
XIIThe Return of the Native125
XIIIThe Bottom Rail on Top140
XIV1914-1916156
XVThe Peewee Squad169
XVIGetting to the Front184
XVIIAt the Front201
XVIIIThe Ku Klux Klan Comes and Goes225
XIXHell and High Water242
XXThe Flood of 1927249
XXIPlanters, Share-Croppers, and Such270
XXIIFode285
XXIIIA Note on Racial Relations298
XXIVFor the Younger Generation310
XXVA Bit of Diary322
XXVIJackdaw in the Garden332
XXVIIHome344

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