Other books byWilliam Styron
William Styron: The Collected Novels
Lie Down in Darkness, Set This House on Fire,...
Four classic novels—including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Confessions of Nat Turner—by a master of twentieth-century fiction Lie Down in Darkness is William Styron’s stunning debut: a classic portrait of one Southern family’s tragic spiral into destruction. Set This House on Fire is a story of evil and redemption involving three American men whose paths converge on a film shoot in Italy at the close of the 1940s, hailed as “one of the finest novels of our time” by the San Francisco Chronicle.Gripping and unforgettable, The Confessions of Nat Turner is the Pulitzer-winning portrait of the leader of America’s bloodiest slave revolt. And Sophie’s Choice is the National Book Award–winning novel of love, survival, and regret, set in Brooklyn in the wake of the Second World War. Taken together, these four novels—exploring themes of good and evil, sin and atonement, and the ineradicable bonds of place and family—represent Styron at the pinnacle of his literary brilliance.
Lie Down in Darkness
William Styron’s stunning debut: a classic portrait of one Southern family’s tragic spiral into destruction First published to wide critical acclaim in 1951, Lie Down in Darkness centers on the Loftis family—Milton and Helen and their daughters, Peyton and Maudie. The story, told through a series of flashbacks on the day of Peyton’s funeral, is a powerful depiction of a family doomed by its failure to forget and its inability to love. Written in masterful prose, Styron’s debut novel offers unflinching insight into the ineradicable bonds of place and family. The story of Milton, Helen, and their children reveals much about life’s losses and disappointments. Lie Down in Darkness, poignant and compelling, is aclassic of modern American literature. 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.
Three stories are told: a young Southerner wants to become a writer; a turbulent love-hate affair between a brilliant Jew and a beautiful Polish woman; and of an awful wound in that woman's past--one that impels both Sophie and Nathan toward destruction.
The Confessions of Nat Turner
In the late summer of 1831, in a remote section of southeastern Virginia, there took place the only effective, sustained revolt in the annals of American Negro slavery... The revolt was led by a remarkable Negro preacher named Nat Turner, an educated slave who felt himself divinely ordained to annihilate all the white people in the region. The Confessions of Nat Turner is narrated by Nat himself as he lingers in jail through the cold autumnal days before his execution. The compelling story ranges over the whole of Nat's Life, reaching its inevitable and shattering climax that bloody day in August. The Confessions of Nat Turner is not only a masterpiece of storytelling; is also reveals in unforgettable human terms the agonizing essence of Negro slavery. Through the mind of a slave, Willie Styron has re-created a catastrophic event, and dramatized the intermingled miseries, frustrations--and hopes--which caused this extraordinary black man to rise up out of the early mists of our history and strike down those who held his people in bondage. From the Hardcover edition.