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Styron's Northern mother and liberal Southern father gave him a broad perspective on race relations. His father, a shipyard engineer, suffered from clinical depressionwhich Styron himself would later experience. His mother died from breast cancer in when Styron was still a boy, following her decade-long battle with the disease.
Styron attended public school in Warwick County, first at Hilton School and then at Morrison High School now known as Warwick High School for two years, until his father sent him to Christchurch Schoolan Episcopal college-preparatory school in the Tidewater region of Virginia.
Styron once said, "But of all the schools I attended By the age of eighteen he was reading the writers who would have a lasting influence on his vocation as a novelist and writer, especially Thomas Wolfe.
Navy and Marine Corps V program aimed at fast-tracking officer candidates by enrolling them simultaneously in basic training and bachelor's degree programs. There Spectator essayist published his first fiction, a short story heavily influenced by William Faulknerin an anthology of student work[ citation needed ].
Styron published several short stories in the University literary magazine, The Archive, between and Marine Corpsthe Japanese surrendered before his ship left San Francisco.
After the war, he returned to full-time studies at Duke and completed his Bachelor of Arts Spectator essayist. After provoking his employers into firing him, he set about writing his first novel in earnest.
The novel received overwhelming critical acclaim. Military service[ edit ] His recall into the military due to the Korean War prevented him from immediately accepting the Rome Prize. Styron joined the Marine Corps, but was discharged in for eye problems.
However, he was to transform his experience at Camp LejeuneNorth Carolina into his short novel, The Long Marchpublished serially the following year. Travels in Europe[ edit ] Styron spent an extended period in Europe.
Inthe group founded the magazine Paris Reviewwhich became a celebrated literary journal. Finally able to take advantage of his Rome Prize, he traveled to Italy, where he became friends with Truman Capote.
At the American Academy, he renewed an acquaintance with a young Baltimore poet, Rose Burgunder, to whom he had been introduced the previous fall at Johns Hopkins University. They were married in Rome in the spring of The novel received mixed reviews in the United States, although its publisher considered it successful in terms of sales.
In Europe its translation into French achieved best-seller status, far outselling the American edition. Nat Turner controversy[ edit ] Styron's next two novels, published between andsparked much controversy.
Feeling wounded by his first truly harsh reviews[ citation needed ], for Set This House on Fire, Styron spent the years after its publication researching and writing his next novel, the fictitious memoirs of the historical Nathaniel "Nat" Turnera slave who led a slave rebellion in During the s, Styron became an eyewitness to another time of rebellion in the United States, living and writing at the heart of that turbulent decade, a time highlighted by the counterculture revolution with its political struggle, civil unrest, and racial tension.
The public response to this social upheaval was furious and intense: Among the criticisms was outrage over a black author choosing a white woman as the protagonist in a story that tells of her involvement with a black man. Baldwin was Styron's house guest for several months following the critical storm generated by Another Country.
During that time, he read early drafts of Styron's new novel, and predicted that Styron's book would face even harsher scrutiny than Another Country. Baldwin's prediction was correct, and despite public defenses of Styron by leading artists of the time, including Baldwin and Ralph Ellisonnumerous other black critics reviled Styron's portrayal of Turner as racist stereotyping.
Particularly controversial was a passage in which Turner fantasizes about raping a white woman. Styron also writes of a situation where Turner and another slave boy have a homosexual encounter while alone in the woods. Several critics pointed to this as a dangerous perpetuation of a traditional Southern justification for lynching.
Despite the controversy, the novel was a runaway critical and financial success, and won both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the William Dean Howells Medal in Sophie's Choice[ edit ] Styron's next novel, Sophie's Choicealso generated significant controversy, in part due to Styron's decision to portray a non- Jewish victim of the Holocaust and in part due to its explicit sexuality and profanity.
It was banned in South Africa, censored in the Soviet Union, and banned in Poland for "its unflinching portrait of Polish anti-Semitism"  It has also been banned in some high schools in the United States.
It won the National Book Award  [a] and was a nationwide bestseller. Darkness Visible[ edit ] Styron's readership expanded with the publication of Darkness Visible in Lake of the Woods Anglers are catching walleyes by anchoring and jigging with frozen shiners in 14 to 28 feet of water in various places along the south shore, Lake of the Woods Tourism reported.
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