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Monday, December 21, 2015

#84 - William Stryon - Judith Ruderman

Title:  William Styron
Author:   Judith Ruderman
Genre:  Biography
Category:  Non-Fiction
Rating:  B
Published:  1987
Dates:  12/1/15 – 12/21/15
Pages:  160

From the Literature and Life: American Writers series, Ruderman introduces us to Styron’s body of work.  Among his novels that I’ve read are The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie’s Choice, the former of which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.  Detail is the word that describes the depth Judith Ruderman goes into about his other books, short stories, sketches and reviews, a play and a screen play.  Some of Styron’s work is morbid such as his novel, The Long March and his play, The Clap Shack.  Ruderman say that a book he was working on, The Way of the Warrior, would inform it as well.  Interestingly enough it was not published.  Instead, however, a short auto-biography came out in 1990 entitled Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness.  Perhaps he overdid his commentary on war as a theme in his books.

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