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									William StyronWilliam Styron
Whether fictionalizing a slave uprising in The Confessions of Nat Turner or breaking the silence on clinical depression, William Styron's work inspired not only accolades but national dialogues.

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William Styron
Also Known As:
William Clark Styron (full name)
Current Home:
Roxbury, Connecticut, and Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
June 11, 1925
Place of Birth:
Newport News, Virginia
Date of Death:
November 1, 2006
Place of Death:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Davidson College and Duke University, both in North Carolina; courses at the New School for Social Research in New York
Pulitzer Prize for The Confessions of Nat Turner, 1968; National Book Award for Sophie's Choice, 1980; National Medal of Arts, 1993

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								Sophie's Choice, Author: 
								William Styron.

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Sophie's Choice
by William Styron
"A great book should leave you...slightly exhausted at the end," Styron once explained. This poignant story about souls destroyed by Holocaust does just that -- but in a profound, affecting way.

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								Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, Author: 
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*  Lie Down in Darkness (1951)
*  The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967)
*  Sophie's Choice (1979)
*  Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness (1990)
*  A Tidewater Morning: Three Tales from Youth (1993)

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Pulitzer-Winning 'Meditation on History'

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								The Confessions of Nat Turner, Author: 
								William Styron.

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The Confessions of Nat Turner
by William Styron
Styron has credited Camus's The Stranger with influencing the structure and first-person narration of his controversial fictional account of the 1831 Virginia slave rebellion led by Nat Turner. As a white Southerner writing from the point of view of a slave, Styron was a natural target for critics; but his powerful, thoughtful portrait was generally hailed by reviewers.