Percival Everett Biography, Awards, Age, Career, and Books

Percival Everett Biography

Percival Everett is an American writer and distinguished professor of English at the University of Southern California. He has written many types of fiction throughout the years. Despite this, he is well known for his 2001 book “Erasure”. Besides that, he has written some other notable books like “I Am Not Sidney Poitier”, “So Much Blue: A Novel”, ” The Water Cure” among others.

Percival Everett Age

Not much is known about Percival Everett outside his career in writing. We only know that he was born sometime in 1956. As of 2019, that puts him at either 62 or 63 years old. Of late, he resides in Los Angeles, California.

Percival Everett Career

As he was still pursuing his Master of Arts Degree at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, he started writing his first novel “Suder’. He completed it in 1983. The novel featured Craig Suder, a Seattle Mariners third baseman in major league slump, both on and off the field. About 2 years later, he published his second novel, “Walk ME to the Distance”. The novel talks about a veteran named David Larson and his experiences after his return from Vietnam. Later, the novel was adapted into the ABC film “Follow Your Heart”.

After years publishing various novels, in 2001, he released his masterpiece “Erasure”. Prior to that, he had released Grand Canyon, Inc., his first novella. Erasure features how the publishing industry pigeon-holes African-American writers. The novel is a metafictional piece that explores fiction like Richard Wright’s “Native Son” and Sapphire’s novel “Push”. Since then he has garnered recognition as an established author now with over 30 books.

Percival Everett has also written poetry. His poetry collection features one of his paintings on the front cover. His books are of several genres including, Greek mythology, short stories, children’s books, and religion among others.

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Percival Everett Books

  • Suder (1983)
  • Walk Me to the Distance (1985)
  • Cutting Lisa (1986)
  • The Weather and Women Treat Me Fair: Stories (1987)
  • Zulus (1990)
  • For Her Dark Skin (1990)
  • The One That Got Away (with Dirk Zimmer) (1992), a children’s book
  • God’s Country: a novel (1994)
  • The Body of Martin Aguilera (2003)
  • Big Picture: Stories (1996)
  • Watershed (1996)
  • Frenzy (1997)
  • Glyph: a novel (1999)
  • Grand Canyon, Inc. (2001)
  • Erasure: a novel (2001)
  • 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 (2004)
  • American desert: a novel (2004)
  • My California: Journeys by Great Writers (contributor / 2004)
  • Wounded: a novel (2005)
  • re:f (gesture) (2006), a poetry collection
  • The Water Cure (2007)
  • Abstraktion und Einfühlung (with Chris Abani) (2008), a poetry collection
  • “I Am Not Sidney Poitier: A Novel (2009)
  • There Are No Names for Red (a collaboration with Chris Abani) (2010), a poetry collection
  • Swimming Swimmers Swimming (2010), a poetry collection
  • Assumption: A Novel (2011)
  • Percival Everett by Virgil Russell: A Novel (2013)
  • Half an Inch of Water (2015)
  • So Much Blue (2017)

Percival Everett’s Awards & 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 (Erasure and I Am Not Sidney Poitier: A Novel)
  • New American Writing Award
  • PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award
  • His stories have been included in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Short Stories
  • Received an honorary Doctorate in 2008 from the College of Santa Fe
  • Believer Book Award for I Am Not Sidney Poitier 2010
  • Dos Passos Prize in 2010
  • Winner of the 2010 Premio Gregor von Rezzori for foreign fiction translated into Italian for Wounded (Ferito), translated by Marco Rossari[14]
  • Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction, 2015
  • Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Presidential Medallion from the University of Southern California, 2015
  • Creative Capital Award, 2016