William Styron

American short story writer, novelist, essayist, and playwright.
(June 11, 1925 - November 1, 2006)



The writer -
His works
- Cinema

(Updated on 20/04/2011)



The writer :

  • William Styron (Wikipedia)
    1 Early years
    2 First novels
    3 The Nat Turner controversy
    4 Later works
    6 Bibliography
  • William Styron - Interviews (BBC) :
    - connotations of the word madness
    - the pain from depression
    - alcohol, depression and writing
    - the recurring theme of suicide in his books
    - success of Darkness Visible
  • Audio Interview with William Styron (
    "William Styron, author of Lie Down in Darkness, Sophie's Choice, The Confessions of Nat Turner, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, talks to Don Swaim in 1981 about Styron's life and the controversies surrounding his novels."
  • William Styron (
    "American short story writer, novelist, essayist, and playwright."

    - Biographical Information
    - Major Works of Short Fiction
    - Critical Reception


His works :

  • 'Lie Down in Darkness'. (1951)
    "Styron's first novel is published to critical acclaim. The plot, revolving around a family funeral in Tidewater, Virginia, is strongly reminiscent of William Faulkner's 'As I Lay Dying', which also makes use of interior monologue."


  • 'The Confessions of Nat Turner' (1967)
    "It is a historical novel, presented as a first person account by Nat Turner who led a slave revolt in Virginia in 1831."
    1. Plot
    2. Criticisms of the novel


    Read an excerpt (in the middle of the page)


  • 'Sophie's Choice' (1979)
    "a novel ... about a young American Southerner who wants to be a writer and who befriends Nathan Landau, who is Jewish, and his beautiful lover Sophie, a Polish (but non-Jewish) survivor of the Nazi concentration camps."
    1 Plot summary
    2 Style
    3 Major themes
    4 Film, TV or theatrical adaptations

    Excerpt + Synopses & Reviews (


Cinema :