Acclaimed Author Takes Own Life at 46

Plagued by depression, alcoholism and severe arthritis, writer George Sessions Perry waded into the river near his Connecticut home on December 13, 1956.  When the body finally turned up two months later, the coroner ruled his death an accidental drowning but everyone knew it was suicide.

Born in Rockdale in 1910, Perry burst upon the literary scene in 1941 with “Hold Autumn in Your Hand,” the first Texas novel to win the National Book Award.  As a regular contributor to the “Saturday Evening Post” and other national magazines, he was one of the most popular writers of his day.

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