Thursday, November 02, 2006

William STYRON (1925-2006)

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING novelist William Styron, the celebrated author of Sophie’s Choice (1979), The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967) and Lie Down in Darkness (1951), died on Wednesday, November 1, 2006. Reading his novels that dealt with the seamier aspects of life and history: depression and suicide, slavery and the Holocaust leaves you exhausted. One of the hallmarks of great writing is that they leave you exhausted and enlightened after reading them. Styron’s books do that to you.

STYRON William [1925-2006] Novelist, short-story writer. Born William Clark Styron in Newport News, Virginia, U.S. Novels Sophie’s Choice (1979: winner of the 1980 National Book Award for Fiction); The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967: winner of the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction); Set This House on Fire (1960); Lie Down in Darkness (1951) Novella The Long March (1955) Stories A Tidewater Morning: Three Tales from Youth (1993) Nonfiction Fathers and Daughters: In Their Own Words (with Mariana Ruth Cook) (1994); Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness (1990) Essays This Quiet Dust and Other Writings (1982)


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