Three autobiographically inspired novellas by Styron that tell the story of a young writer’s journey to adulthoodWilliam Styron’s A Tidewater Morning features three novellas centered around budding novelist Paul Whitehurst’s coming of age during the Great Depression and Second World War. They convey Whitehurst’s struggle to cope with his mother’s terminal cancer, his view of the strained racial relations in the pre-war American South, and his anxiety as a marine preparing to land on the beaches of Okinawa. Each novella weaves together the transformative experiences of Whitehurst’s early life with Styron’s signature deep historical insight, underscoring how the significance of the past informs the present. 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.
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A short little trip into a half-comfortable kind of writerly nostalgia in three stories (declares an Author's Note) that "reflect the experiences of the author at the ages of twenty, ten, and thirteen."May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of A Tidewater Morning
The three tales are united by their single narrator, one Paul Whitehurst, and his search for ``light refracted within a flashing moment of remembered childhood.'' They take up the issues Styron has grappled with in previous fiction--the legacy of slavery and racism in the South, the constricting ...| Read Full Review of A Tidewater Morning
Bored by the company of other officers, Paul casts his mind back to his father, who built Navy ships in the 1930s, a job that helped guide the country out of a Depression and, in Paul's mind, into a war.Nov 15 1993 | Read Full Review of A Tidewater Morning
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