Darkness Visible: a Memoir of Madness Essay

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Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness Autor: Styron, William Student Name: Yahaira Cabrera Barreto Course: English Foundations EN001-48 102 Instructor: Ms. Joan Zaun Due Date: April 1, 2015 Information about the author William Styron | Author (1925–2006) Novelist William Styron won a Pulitzer Prize for The Confessions of Nat Turner and wrote Sophie’s Choice, the basis of an Academy Award-winning film. William Styron was born on June 11, 1925, in Newport News, Virginia. He published his first novel, Lie Down in Darkness, in 1952. In 1968 he won a Pulitzer Prize for The Confessions of Nat Turner. In 1979 he published Sophie’s Choice, which was made into a film in 1982 and an opera in 2002. Styron continued to write throughout the 1990s. He died November 1, 2006 on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. QUICK FACTS NAME William Styron OCCUPATION Author BIRTH DATE June 11, 1925 DEATH DATE November 1, 2006 EDUCATION New School for Social Research, Duke University, Christchurch School PLACE OF BIRTH Newport News, Virginia PLACE OF DEATH Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts AKA William Clark Styron William Styron FULL NAME William Clark Styron Jr. B. Author’s Purpose Styron penned Darkness Visible when he was sixty-four years old, after a successful career in which he had gained a reputation as a prose stylist who wrote engaging stories that emphasized enduring human themes. Its critical reception is to a large degree based on Styron's established reputation and the respect it affords him. With few exceptions the book was praised for its insight and candor. Reviewing the book for Newsweek, Peter Prescott wrote that "Darkness Visible ... is an essay of great gravity and resonance. Never has Styron used so few words so effectively." Jon Saari of Antioch

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