Greenville in Washington County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
— Mississippi Writers Trail —
Walker Percy was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1916, orphaned in late childhood, and adopted at age thirteen by kinsman William Alexander Percy, a poet and patron of the arts from Greenville, Mississippi. After acquiring an MD degree from Columbia University, Walker Percy contracted tuberculosis. While convalescing he read the works of Kierkegaard and other existentialist philosophers, whose influence caused him to change course. He gave up medicine, married Mary Townsend, converted to Catholicism, and became a writer. His first published novel, The Moviegoer, won the 1962 National Book Award. In a gently ironic voice, Percy satirizes American life through characters who struggle to find meaning to their existence. His six novels, two non-fiction books, and numerous scientific and philosophical essays further explore his ideas and assure him a firm place in American literature. He died May 10, 1990, in Covington, Louisiana.
Erected 2019 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History/Mississippi Writers Trail.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this Arts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi Writers Trail series list.
Location. 33° 24.254′ N, 91° 3.197′ W. Marker is in Greenville, Mississippi, in Washington County. Marker is on South Main Street south of West Walker Street, on the right when traveling south. Located in front of the EE Bass Cultural Arts Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 323 S Main St, Greenville MS 38701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shelby Foote (here, next to this marker); The King's Daughters Hospital (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Courthouse Arboretum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Washington County Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Washington County Confederate Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Greenville (approx. 0.3 miles away); New Jerusalem M.B. Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hebrew Union Congregation (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
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Also see . . . Walker Percy (Wikipedia). (Submitted on October 10, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2023. It was originally submitted on October 10, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 10, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. 3. submitted on October 10, 2020.