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Styron, William

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(US, 1925– )

Styron's first novel, Lie Down in Darkness (1951), was an instant success. It tells the story of Peyton Loftis, a young woman driven to suicide by parental and personal pressures in the American South. The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967) had a controversial reception; although highly praised for its fictional re-creation of a slave rebellion, some critics found it relied heavily on stereotypes in portraying its black characters. Sophie's Choice (1979) has been his most successful novel, and was made into a film directed by Alan Pakula in 1982. The tale of Sophie, a Polish woman now living in the United States, gradually emerges to the narrator, Stingo, and he is horrified by what he learns of her experiences during the war in Auschwitz.

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