William Styron by James L. W. West III
A Life

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A compelling and authoritative portrait of an American literary master William Styron was one of the most highly regarded and controversial authors of his generation. In this illuminating biography, James L. W. West III draws upon letters, papers, and manuscripts as well as interviews with Styron’s friends and family to recount in rich detail the experiences that shaped each of his groundbreaking books. From Styron’s Southern upbringing, which deeply influenced the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Confessions of Nat Turner and National Book Award–winning Sophie’s Choice, to his feud with Norman Mailer and the clinical depression that led to his acclaimed memoir Darkness Visible, West’s remarkable biography provides invaluable insight into the life and works of a giant of American literature.



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James L. W. West III is Distinguished Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and  has been a Fulbright scholar to England and Belgium. His previous books include a study of professional authorship in America and scholarly editions of Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie and Jennie Gerhardt. West is general editor of the Cambridge edition of the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Published August 17, 2010 by Open Road Media. 506 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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 This meticulously crafted, well-paced biography should go a long way toward burnishing Styron's reputation.

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