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Letters to My Father

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"I've finally pretty much decided what to write next -- a novel based on Nat Turner's rebellion," twenty-six-year-old William Styron confided to his father in a letter he wrote on May 1, 1952. Styron would not publish his Pulitzer Prize--winning The Confessions of Nat Turner until 1967, but this letter undercuts those critics who later attacked the writer as an opportunist ...more
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Louisiana State University Press (first published 2009)
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Oct 13, 2009 Richard rated it really liked it
Styron is one of my favorite writers, and, as such, I read not only what he wrote but a good deal about him also.

This small volume is a recently released group of letters he wrote to his father over a period of approximately 10 years, most of the letters during the time he was struggling to write and complete his first successful book, Lie Down in Darkness.

The early letters in this volume consist of his requests for financial support from his dad as well as reports on his progress, or lack of pr
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Nov 25, 2012 Lorri rated it it was amazing
I became thoroughly involved in Letters to My father from the first page to the last. It is fascinating on many levels, insightful, poignant, and filled with the stuff that inspirational memoirs are made of.

The father-son relationship reigns supreme within the pages of this beautifully composed book of over one hundred letters plus additional content. The letters were written by Styron to his father, William C. Styron, Sr.

This reader was completely taken in from page one, and finished Letters t
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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.
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