Lie Down in Darkness (Enhanced Edition) [NOOK Book]

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William Styron’s stunning debut: a classic portrait of one Southern family’s tragic spiral into destruction   First published to wide critical acclaim in 1951, Lie Down in Darkness centers on the Loftis family—Milton and Helen and their daughters, Peyton and Maudie. The story, told through a series of flashbacks on the day of Peyton’s funeral, is a powerful depiction of a family doomed by its failure to forget and its inability to love.   Written in masterful prose, Styron’s debut novel offers ...

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Overview

 

William Styron’s stunning debut: a classic portrait of one Southern family’s tragic spiral into destruction   First published to wide critical acclaim in 1951, Lie Down in Darkness centers on the Loftis family—Milton and Helen and their daughters, Peyton and Maudie. The story, told through a series of flashbacks on the day of Peyton’s funeral, is a powerful depiction of a family doomed by its failure to forget and its inability to love.   Written in masterful prose, Styron’s debut novel offers unflinching insight into the ineradicable bonds of place and family. The story of Milton, Helen, and their children reveals much about life’s losses and disappointments. Lie Down in Darkness, poignant and compelling, is aclassic of modern American literature.   This ebook features a new illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.

 

William Styron's stunning debut-a classic portrait of one Southern family's tragic spiral into destruction-now available as an enhanced ebook

First published to wide critical acclaim in 1951, Lie Down in Darkness centers on the Loftis family-Milton and Helen and their daughters, Peyton and Maudie. The story, told through a series of flashbacks on the day of Peyton's funeral, is a powerful depiction of a family doomed by its failure to forget and its inability to love.

Written in masterful prose, Styron's debut novel offers unflinching insight into the ineradicable bonds of place and family. The story of Milton, Helen, and their children reveals much about life's losses and disappointments. Lie Down in Darkness, poignant and compelling, is a classic of modern American literature.

This enhanced ebook features an illustrated biography of William Styron, including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives, as well as four original videos about the author and Lie Down in Darkness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453206508
  • Publisher: Open Road Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Enhanced
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,203,647
  • File size: 72 MB
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Meet the Author

William Styron

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.

Biography

One of the great writers of the generation succeeding that of Hemingway and Faulkner, William Styron is renowned for the elegance of his prose and his powerful moral engagement. His books include Lie Down in Darkness, The Long March, The Confessions of Nat Turner, Sophie's Choice, This Quiet Dust, and Darkness Visible. He has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the American Book Award, the Howells Medal, and the Edward MacDowell Medal.

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Clark Styron Jr. (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Roxbury, Connecticut, and Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 11, 1925
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newport News, Virginia
    1. Date of Death:
      November 1, 2006
    2. Place of Death:
      Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    I read a magazine article which mentioned that this book might b

    I read a magazine article which mentioned that this book might be made into a movie so I decided to read it. It was slow and hard to follow. I could not relate to or sympathize with any of the characters. I didn't like any of them. But I was prepared to slug it out until the end when the book froze on my nook. I tried to get it going again but no use so I ended up archiving it. The logical conclusion is that it was so bad even my nook wouldn't let me read it. HA!

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    One of my favorites

    William Styron is one of the most under rated American authors of all time. His ability to draw you in to the time and place of his narrative is amazing. The dynamics between the characters in this book are complex and heart breaking. His depiction of the pastoral old south and the social practices of the period are beautiful and complete. Read William Styron!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2003

    Worth the effort

    After finishing this book I offered it to my mother, who works with families in similar circumstances as a mental health therapist, and she couldn't get past the first fifty pages. It is utterly painful reading at times, not for the prose but for the slow, inevitable march toward doom you can see escalating throughout the book, culminating in Peyton's seering monologue. Driven to tears to laughter to tears again, this is not a book of light reading, nor is it a book designed to deflate one's faith in mankind. I would describe Lie Down in Darkness as a novel probing human fallibility, pain, and loss--things that all of us have to deal with in our lives. It's worthwile if for only that reason. That Styron should elevate the story through marvelous use of the language suggests, in some sense, the seriousness with which he takes this story. I recommend this book for anyone looking to see people as they often are: weak, tired, sad, despondent.

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