William Styron Biography

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The critics received Lie Down in Darkness (1951) as an auspicious first novel, perhaps the best to appear since World War II. Its style, if reminiscent of Faulkner, was distinctly the author's own; its psychological insights, accurate; and its moral vision, mature. It was, in fact, an astonishingly good novel for an author only twenty-six at the time of its publication. Styron was immediately placed in the top rank of writers of his generation; he was awarded the Prix de Rome; and his subsequent work was awaited anxiously by critics and readers alike. The wait was a long one. Between 1951 and the appearance of his second novel in 1960, Styron 's only published fiction was the novella, The Long March (1953), and an excerpted episode from his work-in-progress. When Set This House on Fire finally appeared, it was not well received, primarily because the story seemed to sprawl out of control...

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