"William Clark Styron, Jr." was an American novelist and essayist who won major literary awards for his work.
For much of his career, Styron was best known for his novels, including:
* Lie Down in Darkness (novel)/Lie Down in Darkness (1951), his acclaimed first novel, published at age 26;
* The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967)/The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967), narrated by Nat Turner, the leader of an 1831 Virginian slavery/slave revolt;
* Sophie's Choice (novel)/Sophie's Choice (1979), a story "told through the eyes of a young aspiring writer from the South, about a Polish Catholic survivor of Auschwitz concentration camp/Auschwitz and her brilliant but troubled Jewish lover in postwar Brooklyn".
In 1985, he suffered his most serious bout with depression (mood)/depression. Out of this grave and menacing experience, he was later able to write the memoir Darkness Visible (Styron)/Darkness Visible (1990), the work Styron became best known for during the last two decades of his life.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous novelists! More William Styron on Wikipedia.
In depression . . . faith in deliverance, in ultimate restoration, is absent. The pain is unrelenting, and what makes the condition intolerable is the foreknowledge that no remedy will come -- not in a day, an hour, a month, or a minute. . . . It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul.William Styron