William Styron

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Birthday
11, 1925
Birthplace
Newport News, VA
Death Date
Nov 1, 2006 (81)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
11, 1925
Birthplace
Newport News, VA
Death Date
Nov 1, 2006 (81)

About

The American author of such acclaimed novels as Lie Down in Darkness and The Confessions of Nat Turner, he is perhaps best known for his National Book Award-winning work, Sophie's Choice, which was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Meryl Streep.

Before Fame

Early in his career, he had an editing position with McGraw-Hill in New York City. He published his first novel, Lie Down in Darkness, when he was twenty-six years old.

Trivia

He suffered a deep depression in 1985. The experience inspired his 1990 memoir, Darkness Visible.

Family Life

He grew up in Newport News, Virginia, and later lived in North Carolina, where he attended both Davidson College and Duke University. He married Rose Burgunder in 1953.

Associated With

He wrote a fictionalized account of the life of Nat Turner.