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William Clark Styron was born in Newport News, Virginia on June 11, 1925. He attended Duke University and took courses at the New School for Social Research in New York City, which started him on his writing career. He was a Marine lieutenant during World War II and while serving during the Korean War, was recalled from active duty because of faulty eyesight. After leaving the service, he helped start a magazine called the Paris Review and remained as an advisory editor. His first novel, Lie Down in Darkness, was published in 1951. His other books include The Long March and Set This House on Fire. He won several awards including the Pulitzer Prize for The Confessions of Nat Turner and the American Book Award for Sophie's Choice, which was made into a movie in 1982. His short story, A Tidewater Morning, was the basis for the movie Shadrach, which Styron wrote the screenplay for with his daughter. He also wrote several nonfiction books including The Quiet Dust and Other Writings and Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness. He died on November 1, 2006 at the age of 81. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Sophie's Choice 5,506 copies, 81 reviews
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness 2,764 copies, 69 reviews
The Confessions of Nat Turner 2,508 copies, 32 reviews
Lie Down in Darkness 877 copies, 14 reviews
Set This House On Fire 375 copies, 3 reviews
The Long March 233 copies, 6 reviews
Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression (Contributor) 456 copies, 8 reviews
The Best American Essays 1996 (Contributor) 122 copies
William Styron's Nat Turner: Ten Black Writers Respond (Original novel) 67 copies, 1 review
The Vintage Anthology of Science Fantasy. (Contributor) 61 copies, 1 review
A Death in Canaan (Introduction, some editions) 45 copies, 1 review
Mark Twain [2001 TV movie] (Self) 37 copies, 1 review
Partisan Review (Contributor, some editions) 34 copies
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