William Styron





William Styron

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born
in Newport News, Virginia, The United States
June 11, 1925

died
November 01, 2006

gender
male

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William Styron (1925–2006), born in Newport News, Virginia, was one of the greatest American writers of his generation. Styron published his first book, Lie Down in Darkness, at age twenty-six and went on to write such influential works as the controversial and Pulitzer Prize–winning The Confessions of Nat Turner and the international bestseller Sophie’s Choice.


Average rating: 4.11 · 72,355 ratings · 2,797 reviews · 41 distinct works · Similar authors
Sophie's Choice
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 50,457 ratings — published 1976 — 85 editions
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Darkness Visible: A Memoir ...
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 9,589 ratings — published 1990 — 37 editions
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The Confessions of Nat Turner
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 8,125 ratings — published 1967 — 38 editions
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Lie Down in Darkness
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 1,597 ratings — published 1951 — 39 editions
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A Tidewater Morning
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 595 ratings — published 1993 — 18 editions
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Set This House on Fire
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 449 ratings — published 1960 — 17 editions
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The Long March
3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 264 ratings — published 1952 — 14 editions
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Havanas in Camelot: Persona...
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 109 ratings — published 2008 — 9 editions
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This Quiet Dust: And Other ...
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 82 ratings — published 1982 — 11 editions
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The Suicide Run: Five Tales...
3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 115 ratings — published 2009 — 14 editions
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More books by William Styron…
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
William Styron, Conversations with William Styron

“We're all in this game together.”
William Styron

“A phenomenon that a number of people have noted while in deep depression is the sense of being accompanied by a second self — a wraithlike observer who, not sharing the dementia of his double, is able to watch with dispassionate curiosity as his companion struggles against the oncoming disaster, or decides to embrace it. There is a theatrical quality about all this, and during the next several days, as I went about stolidly preparing for extinction, I couldn't shake off a sense of melodrama — a melodrama in which I, the victim-to-be of self-murder, was both the solitary actor and lone member of the audience.”
William Styron, Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

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