William Styron


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American novelist, born in Virginia, whose works include Lie Down in Darkness (1951), The Long March (1953), and Set This House on Fire (1960). He was best known internationally for two controversial novels, both of which raised issues of cultural appropriation: The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967, Pulitzer Prize) is a work of historical fiction, narrated by the leader of a slave revolt in Virginia in 1831, and Sophie's Choice (1979) deals with the Holocaust. Darkness Visible (1990) is an account of the depression from which he suffered in later life.

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