Percival Everett


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in Fort Gordon, Georgia, The United States
December 22, 1956

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Percival L. Everett (born 1956) is an American writer and Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

There might not be a more fertile mind in American fiction today than Everett’s. In 22 years, he has written 19 books, including a farcical Western, a savage satire of the publishing industry, a children’s story spoofing counting books, retellings of the Greek myths of Medea and Dionysus, and a philosophical tract narrated by a four-year-old.

The Washington Post has called Everett “one of the most adventurously experimental of modern American novelists.” And according to The Boston Globe, “He’s literature’s NASCAR champion, going flat out, narrowly avoiding one seemingly inevitable crash only to steer straigh
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Average rating: 3.92 · 13,366 ratings · 1,867 reviews · 51 distinct worksSimilar authors
Erasure

4.19 avg rating — 3,402 ratings — published 2001 — 18 editions
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I Am Not Sidney Poitier

3.90 avg rating — 1,751 ratings — published 2009 — 11 editions
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So Much Blue

3.92 avg rating — 1,432 ratings — published 2017 — 11 editions
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Half an Inch of Water

3.92 avg rating — 897 ratings — published 2015 — 4 editions
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Assumption

3.53 avg rating — 623 ratings — published 2011 — 6 editions
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Wounded

3.86 avg rating — 588 ratings — published 2005 — 11 editions
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American Desert

3.72 avg rating — 534 ratings — published 2004 — 9 editions
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Glyph

3.79 avg rating — 467 ratings — published 1999 — 8 editions
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3.92 avg rating — 350 ratings — published 1994 — 4 editions
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Telephone

4.12 avg rating — 348 ratings — published 2020 — 3 editions
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“Everybody should read fiction… I don’t think serious fiction is written for a few people. I think we live in a stupid culture that won’t educate its people to read these things. It would be a much more interesting place if it would. And it’s not just that mechanics and plumbers don’t read literary fiction, it’s that doctors and lawyers don’t read literary fiction. It has nothing to do with class, it has to do with an anti-intellectual culture that doesn’t trust art.”
Percival Everett

“Read. Always read. No one can take that away from you.”
Percival Everett, I Am Not Sidney Poitier

“Why will I bury you? So that one day I might disturb your grave.”
Percival Everett, The Water Cure

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