* The Author's Note opens the book.
* The Author's Note is written by Styron, and it details how he based this work of fiction on an actual historical event.
* Styron states that he's rarely departed from the known facts about the insurrection.
* Styron also states that where there is little knowledge regarding Nat, he has used "the utmost freedom of imagination."
* Very little of Nat's thinking has been preserved by history.
* Styron's Author's Note was written in 1967.
* Styron believes that 1831 was "simultaneously, a long time ago and only yesterday."
* Styron believes readers will want to draw a moral from the story.
* The author's intention was to try to re-create the man (Nat Turner) and his era.
* Styron tried to create a meditation on history.
* The "To The Public" entry is taken from an actual historical document.
* "To The Public" was written by T. R. Gray, the man who...
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