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William Styron (1925–2006)

Autor(a) de Sophie's Choice

40+ Works 14,671 Membros 250 Críticas 42 Favorited

About the Author

William Clark Styron was born in Newport News, Virginia on June 11, 1925. He attended Duke University and took courses at the New School for Social Research in New York City, which started him on his writing career. He was a Marine lieutenant during World War II and while serving during the Korean mostrar mais War, was recalled from active duty because of faulty eyesight. After leaving the service, he helped start a magazine called the Paris Review and remained as an advisory editor. His first novel, Lie Down in Darkness, was published in 1951. His other books include The Long March and Set This House on Fire. He won several awards including the Pulitzer Prize for The Confessions of Nat Turner and the American Book Award for Sophie's Choice, which was made into a movie in 1982. His short story, A Tidewater Morning, was the basis for the movie Shadrach, which Styron wrote the screenplay for with his daughter. He also wrote several nonfiction books including The Quiet Dust and Other Writings and Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness. He died on November 1, 2006 at the age of 81. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por William Styron

Sophie's Choice (1979) 5,993 exemplares
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness (1990) 3,028 exemplares
The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967) 2,723 exemplares
Lie Down in Darkness (1951) 938 exemplares
Set This House on Fire (1960) 409 exemplares
The Long March (1962) 254 exemplares
This Quiet Dust and Other Writings (1982) 148 exemplares
Sophie's Choice, Volume 1 (1984) 33 exemplares

Associated Works

Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression (2001) — Contribuidor — 491 exemplares
The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature (1999) — Contribuidor — 178 exemplares
The Best American Essays 1996 (1996) — Contribuidor — 132 exemplares
The Granta Book of the American Long Story (1822) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement (2001) — Contribuidor — 92 exemplares
William Styron's Nat Turner: Ten Black Writers Respond (1968) — Original novel — 72 exemplares
Great Esquire Fiction (1983) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
The Vintage Anthology of Science Fantasy. (1966) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
Fathers and Daughters: In Their Own Words (1994) — Introdução — 53 exemplares
A Death in Canaan (1656) — Introdução, algumas edições53 exemplares
Mark Twain [2001 TV movie] (2001) — Self — 47 exemplares
The Good Parts: The Best Erotic Writing in Modern Fiction (2000) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
Partisan Review (1998) — Contribuidor, algumas edições33 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1979 (1979) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
The Big Love (1986) — Introdução — 10 exemplares
A Roman Collection: Stories, Poems, and Other Good Pieces (1980) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Law & Disorder: The Chicago Convention and Its Aftermath (1968) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Short Fiction: Shape and Substance (1971) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Written in 1967 this book was and remains controversial. I found the book very well-written, timely and thought provoking.
Chrissylou62 | 38 outras críticas | Apr 11, 2024 |
A well known book in the literature of mental illness, when it came across my desk I decided to give it a read. A slim book, it is a one-sitting or one-day read. Styron, I found, does indeed give an account that will ring familiar to many people.
I felt myself entering the afternoon shadows with their encroaching anxiety and dread... my brain had begun to endure its familiar siege: panic and dislocation, and a sense that my thought processes were being engulfed by a toxic and unnameable tide that obliterated any enjoyable response to the living world.
And then later:
I had now reached that phase of the disorder where all sense of hope had vanished, along with the idea of a futurity; my brain, in thrall to its outlaw hormones, had become less an organ of thought than an instrument registering, minute by minute, varying degrees of its own suffering.
How much of this will be truly comprehensible to people who have never experienced it, I don't know, because as he states several times it seems impossible to describe it to someone without that direct experience. But it is a valiant attempt. He also emphasizes that there is no one approach to recovery that works for everyone. Unfortunately for Styron he was one of those for whom no medications, each with their 4-6 week waiting periods before an effect can be felt, worked, and he came perilously close to suicide before checking himself into a hospital, which for him proved the salvation.

The book seems useful for those in the midst of the "madness", offering proof that the veil will eventually lift, and for those who want to understand it. For those who have already passed through and emerged, it must be similar to how I imagine a recovering alcoholic might feel about reading an account of someone else's drinking problem: a personal sense of understanding, and an uncomfortable dread of slipping back there.
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lelandleslie | 81 outras críticas | Feb 24, 2024 |
A must read. Styron would not be able to publish this today, not without the help of James Baldwin and he's no longer with us.
ben_r47 | 38 outras críticas | Feb 22, 2024 |
Second book this year about depression - this was certainly the better one. I’d never read anything by Styron before. What you’ll find in this book is as quintessential of a nonfiction, essay style as you’ll find anywhere; this seems like the kind of book English professors would give their students as an example of exquisite prose, if it weren’t for the subject matter. That might sound like a knock, but it’s not - Styron was probably (I’m no English professor after all) instrumental in inventing the form, seeing his role in the seething cauldron of American letters in the mid-20th century.

I guess it’s hard to write a book on depression, at least when it’s set as the headline topic. Styron explicitly lays out that the disease is highly idiopathic, and that his experience should not be taken as typical, despite the many traits it had it common with medical descriptions of depression. He also highlights the struggle artists have always had in conveying what their depression feels like, how words fail at getting to the heart of the sensation. However what we have here is another attempt, and I can’t say I found it entirely successful. To confront melancholy in the modern age is to be institutionalized to a certain degree - we are plied with drugs, ads for online therapy, self-help books of every stripe. All of this has of course, gotten worse since this book was written. These kinds of treatments are anathema to the language of art and poetry, and though Styron gives it his best shot, this book is at the end of the day, a very well written testimony of treatment, and does little for me to illuminate the nature of the depressive and depression itself. I found that I think I have a different view of depression than Styron puts forth here, so concerned as he is with depression as a diagnosis - in my experience as a fellow traveler and friend and family of many more, depression can be more viewed as a facet of personality that some people are susceptible to. Styron himself points out that creative types are more prone to depression, it may just be that depressive types are more prone to creativity. The same sensitivity that pushes one to make art; or try to make the world better, or question why life is worth living, this is the same sensitivity that when turned against itself can take you far down dark paths.

My favorite part of this book is the wide reading that Styron puts on display and his perceptive observations on depression in literature. Many of the works that I count among my favorites are engaged with the same questions the depressive asks themselves, and many are mentioned in this book.
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hdeanfreemanjr | 81 outras críticas | Jan 29, 2024 |


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