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William Alexander Percy: The Curious Life of a Mississippi Planter and Sexual Freethinker

Benjamin E. Wise


This biography presents the singular life of William Alexander Percy (1885–1942), a queer plantation owner, poet, and memoirist from Mississippi. Though Percy is best known as a conservative apologist of the southern racial order, this telling creates a complex and surprising portrait of a cultural relativist, sexual liberationist, and white supremacist. We follow him as he travels from Mississippi around the globe and, always, back again to the Delta. This exploration brings depth and new meaning to Percy's already compelling life story—his prominent family's troubled history, his elite educa ... More

Keywords: William Alexander Percy, plantation owner, memoirist, Mississippi, conservative apologist, southern racial order, cultural relativist, sexual liberationist, white supremacist, Deep South

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780807835357
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807869956_wise


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin E. Wise, author