Styron, William, 1925-2006.
Full name: William Clark Styron, Jr..
American author born in Virginia who lived and wrote in New York and Europe. Winner of the Rome Prize
for his first novel, Lie Down in Darkness (1959), the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
and the William Dean Howells Medal for The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967), and the
1985 Prix mondial Cino Del Duca. Best known for several major controversial novels and his
struggles with clinical depression.
Sophie's Choice. 1979.
Post World War II story of Catholic Holocaust survivor Sophie Zawistowska and her schizophrenic
Jewish-American lover Nathan Landau, as chronicled by her confidant Stingo, a writer based on the
author. Sophie is wracked by guilt from her forced decision on which of her children to save from the
gas chambers at Auschwitz. Stingo attempts to save her from the violently paranoid Nathan, but she
ultimate returns to die with her lover in a mutual suicide pact. Inappropriate for children due to
subject matter and sexual situations. Winner of the 1980 National Book Award. Adapted to film in 1982.
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