The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron

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The explosive 1967 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, a gripping and unforgettable portrait of the leader of America’s bloodiest slave revolt The Confessions of Nat Turner is William Styron’s complex and richly drawn imagining of Nat Turner, the leader of the 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia that led to the deaths of almost sixty men, women, and children. Published at the height of the civil rights movement, the novel draws upon the historical Nat Turner’s confession to his attorney, made as he awaited execution in a Virginia jail. This powerful narrative, steeped in the brutal and tragic history of American slavery, reveals a Turner who is neither a hero nor a demon, but rather a man driven to exact vengeance for the centuries of injustice inflicted upon his people. Nat Turner is a galvanizing portrayal of the crushing institution of slavery, and Styron’s deeply layered characterization is a stunning rendering of one man’s violent struggle against oppression. 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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William Styron was a decorated American novelist who won the Pulitzer Prize and helped found "The Paris Review". His works include "Sophie s Choice" and "The Confessions of Nat Turner".
Published May 4, 2010 by Open Road Media. 479 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Fiction

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When William Styron published “The Confessions of Nat Turner” 40 years ago, black writers objected to his use of dialect and his invocation of inflammatory stereotypes.

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The Garfield Book Review

I’ve always thought William Styron one of the truly great American writers: I read and admired The Confessions of Nat Turner in college and was deeply moved by “Rat Beach,” a story of his posthumously published in The New Yorker in 2009—and I really never like stuff about the military (Catch-22 n...

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"Sophie's Choice is a passionate, courageous book...a philosophical novel on the most important subject of the twentieth century," said novelist and critic John Gardner in The New York Times Book Review:.

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