from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Styron, William 1925-2006. American writer primarily known for his novels, including Lie Down in Darkness (1951) and The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967).

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  • n. United States writer best known for his novels (born in 1925)


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  • "Styron," writes Professor Genovese, "creates a believable Nat Turner, although by no means the only possible one."

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  • It reminds me a little of Styron who I think is one of the best 20th century American authors, though response to him seems tepid at best (but then what do I know about 20th century American authors since I seem to read so few of them these days).

    On John Updike « Tales from the Reading Room

  • In 2001, Bertelsmann AG's Random House lost an effort to stop a small e-publisher called RosettaBooks from selling e-book editions of titles by Random House authors Kurt Vonnegut, William Styron and Robert B. Parker.

    New Fight Breaks Out Over Digital Rights to Old Books

  • Brown did not go the William Styron or Carson McCullers route either, revving up a rhetoric sometimes called Southern Gothic.

    A Small-Town Life Writ Large

  • It's important to do financial checks, Ms. Styron says, but when in doubt, she advises donating to a charity that has a good reputation.

    Putting Charities to The Financial Test

  • "Charities' financials are just as complicated as those of a corporation, if not more," says Laurie Styron, an analyst with the nonprofit watchdog service CharityWatch, based in Chicago.

    Putting Charities to The Financial Test

  • True, says Laurie Styron, an analyst at the philanthropy institute.

    Cashathon: The Rise of Charity Races

  • William Styron, who told the story in his novel "The Confessions of Nat Turner," called this "the only effective, sustained revolt in the annals of American Negro slavery."

    A Free Mind, An Unfree Man

  • No personal chronicle “tells more poignantly, comically and beautifully just what it is to be an American and Southerner in our time” than North Toward Home, the Virginia-born novelist William Styron once wrote.

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  • In his best-selling classic about his battle with depression, Darkness Visible, William Styron describes the “downward spiral of depression” that overcame him as he approached sixty and how suicide became in his mind the only way to escape his anguish.

    History of a Suicide


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