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William Styron
William Styron
American Novelist, Essayist


Previous Presentations: Surviving Darkness (1996).


Born in 1935 and a highly acclaimed writer by the age of 26 with the publication of “Lie Down in Darkness,” Virginia native William Styron went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for “The Confessions of Nat Turner” (1967). He is also well known for his American Book Award-winning novel “Sophie’s Choice” (1979). Then, in 1992, his non-fiction “Darkness Visible” explored his own struggles with depression and suicide, as well as an examination of the cultural stigma of the disorder.


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Bio source: New York Times Obituary