William Styron traces the betrayals and infidelitiesthe heritage of spite and endlessly disappointed lovethat afflict the members of a Southern family and that culminate in the suicide of the beautiful Peyton Loftis.
About the Author
William Styron (1925-2006), a native of the Virginia Tidewater, was a graduate of Duke University and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. His books include Lie Down in Darkness, The Long March, Set This House on Fire, The Confessions of Nat Turner, Sophie’s Choice, This Quiet Dust, Darkness Visible, and A Tidewater Morning. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Howells Medal, the American Book Award, the Légion d’Honneur, and the Witness to Justice Award from the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation. With his wife, the poet and activist Rose Styron, he lived for most of his adult life in Roxbury, Connecticut, and in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, where he is buried.
Hometown:Roxbury, Connecticut, and Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:June 11, 1925
Date of Death:November 1, 2006
Place of Birth:Newport News, Virginia
Place of Death:Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Education:Davidson College and Duke University, both in North Carolina; courses at the New School for Social Research in New York