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Encyclopedia > Percival Everett

Percival Everett (born 1956) is an American writer and Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California. 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The University of Southern California (commonly referred to as USC, SC, Southern California, and incorrectly as Southern Cal),[4] located in the University Park neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, USA, was founded in 1880, making it Californias oldest private research university. ...

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Life

Everett lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, novelist Danzy Senna. Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D)  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Caucasia, book cover Danzy Senna, (1970 - ) is an American novelist. ...


Career

While completing his MFA degree at Brown University, Everett wrote his first novel, Suder (1983), about Craig Suder, a Seattle Mariners third baseman in major league slump, both on and off the field. Everett's second novel, Walk Me to the Distance (1985), was later re-interpreted with an altered plot as an ABC TV movie entitled Follow Your Heart. In this novel, David Larson returns from Vietnam and attempts to find the retarded son of a one-legged sheep rancher in Slut's Whole, Wyoming. Cutting Lisa (1986; re-issued 2000) begins with John Livesey meeting a man who has performed a caesarean section that prompts the protagonist to evaluate his relationships. In the United States, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a terminal graduate degree in an area of visual, plastic, literary or performing arts typically requiring two to three years of study beyond the bachelor level. ... Brown University is a private university located in Providence, Rhode Island. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) The Kingdome (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1] 2001 â€¢ 1997 â€¢ 1995 Wild card berths... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Official language(s) English Capital Cheyenne Largest city Cheyenne Area  Ranked 10th  - Total 97,818 sq mi (253,348 km²)  - Width 280 miles (450 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 0. ...


In 1987, Everett published The Weather and Women Treat Me Fair: Stories, a collection of short stories. Everett published two books re-fashioning Greek myths in 1990: Zulus, which combines the grotesque and the apocalypse, and For Her Dark Skin, a new version of the Greek playwright Euripedes' Medea. The bust of Zeus found at Otricoli (Sala Rotonda, Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican) Greek mythology is the telling of stories created by the ancient Greeks, concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world and their own cult and ritual practices. ... Euripides (c. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Stepping into the children's book marketplace, Everett authored The One That Got Away (1992), a beautifully illustrated book for young readers that follows three cowboys as they attempt to corral "ones", the mischievous numerals.


Returning to novels, Everett published his first book-length western, God's Country, in 1994. In the novel, Curt Marder and his tracker Bubba search "God's country" for a wife Marder might not even want to find, but who has been kidnapped by bandits. A parody of westerns and the politics of race and gender, which includes a cross-dressing George Armstrong Custer). 1996 brought two more books from Everett. Watershed is another of Everett's books with a western setting, this time contemporary, focusing on loner hydrologist Robert Hawkes, who meets a Native American small person who helps him come to terms with the inter-relation of people. Also published in 1996 was a second collection of stories, Big Picture. i like western films The Western is an American genre in literature and film. ... This article concerns the term race as used in reference to human beings. ... Gender often refers to the distinctions between males and females in common usage. ... Hydrology is the study of the occurrence, distribution, and movement of water on, in, and above the earth. ... A Hupa man. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


In Frenzy (1997), Everett returns to Greek mythology where Dionysos' assistant, Vlepo, is forced to experience a "frenzy" of odd activities, including becoming lice and bedroom curtains at different times during the story, which he narrates, all so he can explain what the experiences are like to Dionysos, the half-god. Bacchus by Caravaggio Dionysus, the name of a god, is occasionally confused with one of several historical figures named Dionysius. ... Bacchus by Caravaggio Dionysus, the name of a god, is occasionally confused with one of several historical figures named Dionysius. ...


Highlighting Everett's knowledge of philosophy and literary theory, Glyph (1999) is the story within a story of Ralph, a baby who chooses not to speak but has extraordinary muscle-control and an IQ nearing 500, which he uses to write notes to his mother on a variety of literary topics based on books she supplies. Ralph is kidnapped a variety of times due to his special skills, and his odyssey (as "written" by four year old Ralph) teaches him more about love than intellect, even as Everett challenges the reader's intellect with philosophy and theory. The philosopher Socrates about to take poison hemlock as ordered by the court. ... Literary theory is the theory (or the philosophy) of the interpretation of literature and literary criticism. ... IQ redirects here; for other uses of that term, see IQ (disambiguation). ...


Grand Canyon, Inc. (2001) is Everett's first novella. In it, Rhino Tanner attempts to tame Mother Nature with a commoditization of the Grand Canyon. A novella is a narrative work of prose fiction somewhat longer than a short story but shorter than a novel. ... Mother Nature is a mythical personification of nature. ... The Grand Canyon is a very colorful, steep-sided gorge, carved by the Colorado River, in the U.S. state of Arizona. ...


Everett also published the notable novel Erasure in 2001. In a reflection of Everett's own experience, the book focuses on the publishing industry's pigeon-holing of African American writers. The protagonist, Thelonious "Monk" Ellison, a professor of English literature is repeatedly criticized for not writing "black enough". Ellison is angered by the success of an Oprah-like book club's selection of what is supposedly contemporary black experience, but which in fact presents a stereotypical image. He composes a satirical response based on Richard Wright's Native Son, which is entitled first My Pafology and then Fuck. The Oprah-like talk show host, a Hollywood producer and a panel of famous novelists all prove more willing to accept the brutal, dehumanized black man of the novel than a middle-class intellectual like Ellison himself, who in turn has trouble facing impoverished blacks both real and fictional. An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... The term English literature refers to literature written in the English language, including literature composed in English by writers not necessarily from England; Joseph Conrad was Polish, Robert Burns was Scottish, James Joyce was Irish, Dylan Thomas was Welsh, Edgar Allan Poe was American, Salman Rushdie is Indian, V.S... The Oprah Winfrey Show is the longest-running daytime television talk show in the United States, and is hosted, produced and owned by Oprah Winfrey. ... Richard Wright is the name of several people, including: Richard Wright, African-American author Richard B. Wright, Canadian author Richard Wright, keyboard player with Pink Floyd Richard Wright, England football goalkeeper Richard Wright, American politician This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might... For other uses, see Native Son (disambiguation). ...


In a competition for the longest title ever, A History of the African-American people (proposed) by Strom Thurmond, as told to Percival Everett and James Kincaid (2004) might come close to winning. Continuing his look at the publishing industry, this epistolary novel chronicles "Percival Everett" and "James Kincaid" as they work with Thurmond (occasionally) and his aide's crazy assistant, Barton Wilkes, who orders the authors around even while he stalks them. James Strom Thurmond (December 5, 1902 – June 26, 2003) was an American politician who served as governor of South Carolina and as a United States Senator representing that state. ...


Also in 2004, Everett released American Desert and Damned If I Do : Stories, another collection of short stories. In American Desert, Ted Street plans to drown himself in the ocean but is killed in a traffic accident on the way there. Three days later, Street suddenly sits up in his casket at the funeral, his head still severed and without a beating heart. Throughout the rest of the novel Street, like many of Everett's characters, undergoes an odyssey of self-discovery about what being alive really means, exploring religion, revelation, faith, zealotry, love, family, media sensationalism, and death.


Wounded: a novel (2005) is Everett's latest novel. In it, John Hunt is a horse trainer confronted with hate crimes against a homosexual and a Native American. Unlike Robert Hawkes, however, John Hunt avoids getting mixed up in the political nature of these crimes, taking action only when he is forced to do so. A Jewish cemetery in France after being defaced by Neo-Nazis. ... A Hupa man. ...


Poetry

Everett's collection of poetry, re:f (gesture) (2006), features one of his paintings on the front cover.


Other

Everett's introduction was added to the 2004 paperback edition of The Jefferson Bible. The Jefferson Bible, or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth as it is formally titled, was an attempt by Thomas Jefferson to glean the teachings of Jesus from the Christian Gospels. ...


Honors

  • PEN Center USA Award for Fiction
  • Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction
  • New American Writing Award
  • Pen/Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature
  • His stories have been included in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Short Stories

The Pushcart Prize - Best of the small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. ... The Best American Short Stories yearly anthology is a part of the Best American Series published by the Houghton Mifflin Company. ...

Bibliography

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Percival Everett
  • Suder (1983)
  • Walk Me to the Distance (1985)
  • Cutting Lisa (1986)
  • The Weather and Women Treat Me Fair: stories (1987)
  • For Her Dark Skin (1990)
  • Zulus (1990)
  • The One That Got Away (1992)
  • God's Country: a novel (1994)
  • Big picture: stories (1996)
  • Watershed (1996)
  • Frenzy (1997)
  • Glyph: a novel (1999)
  • Erasure: a novel (2001)
  • Grand Canyon, Inc. (2001)
  • American desert: a novel (2004)
  • Damned if I do: stories (2004)
  • A History of the African-American people (proposed) by Strom Thurmond, as told to Percival Everett and James Kincaid (with James Kincaid) (2004)
  • My California: Journeys by Great Writers (contributor / 2004)
  • Wounded: a novel (2005)
  • re:f (gesture) (2006), a collection of poetry

External links

  • Blue Flower Arts one of Everett's "official" websites
  • IdentityTheory.com interview with Percival Everett (2003)
  • A USC Article about Percival Everett
  • Everett's USC Homepage
  • "Object and Word" by Percival Everett

 
 

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