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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 ...more
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published July 1st 1984 by Louisiana State University Press (first published 1984)
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DoctorM
A fine elegiac piece by a one of the last of his class... A memoir of growing up in the Mississippi as a member of a dying planter class--- by a scion of a liberal Southern family whose biography (poet, planter, decorated combat soldier, sometime lawyer, traveler, admirer of beautiful boys) is worth a novel and and a film...
Alison
A Southern memoir full of insights from the poetic mind of a man writing from his Mississippi life in the early 20thC.
A must read simple for the southern prose. The turn of phrases hardly found north of Atlanta are 5 stars.
Some telling of strife between Whites and Blacks is authentic and sad- the times they are achangin.

Jeffrey
Though rationalized as consistent with the era in which he grew up, this memoir is notable for the paternalism toward African-Americans and outright racism presented as sociological insights. Sadly, the views expressed by Percy are still pervasive in the South.
Donna
The final two chapters deserve a rating of "5"!
Jason Kemp
reading this is part of being a Mississippian
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William Alexander Percy was the author of four books of poetry, and he practiced law in Greenville, Mississippi, until his death, one year after the publication of his autobiography. Awarded the Croix de Guerre with gold star for his service in World War I, he also was one of the leaders in the succesful 1922 fight against the Ku Klux Klan in Greenville and headed the local Red Cross unit during t ...more
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