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William Styron

also known as William Clark Styron, Jr.


William Clark Styron, Jr. was an American novelist and essayist who won major literary awards for his work.


STYRON, William was born on June 11, 1925 in Newport News, Virginia, United States. Son of William Styron and Pauline Abraham.


Styron attended public school until third grade, when his father sent him to Christchurch School, an Episcopal college-preparatory school in the Tidewater region of Virginia. Styron once said, "But of all the schools I attended ... only Christchurch ever commanded something more than mere respect — which is to say, my true and abiding affection."


  • Styron's influence deepened and his readership expanded with the publication of Darkness Visible in 1990. This memoir, originally intended as a magazine article, chronicled the author's descent into depression and his near-fatal night of "despair beyond despair."


  • Other Work

    • Lie Down in Darkness 1951, The Long March 1955, Set this House on Fire 1960, The Confessions of Nat Turner 1967, In the Clap Shack (play) 1973, Sophie’s Choice 1979 (American Book Award 1980), This Quiet Dust (Essays) 1982, Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness 1990.


  • Academy Arts and Scis.

  • American Academy Arts and Letters

  • Society American Historians

  • Signet Society

  • Harvard

  • Phi Beta Kappa.


Pauline Abraham