Lie Down in Darkness (Google eBook)

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Open Road Media, May 4, 2010 - Fiction - 416 pages
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William Styron’s stunning debut: a classic portrait of one Southern family’s tragic spiral into destruction First published to wide critical acclaim in 1951, Lie Down in Darkness centers on the Loftis family—Milton and Helen and their daughters, Peyton and Maudie. The story, told through a series of flashbacks on the day of Peyton’s funeral, is a powerful depiction of a family doomed by its failure to forget and its inability to love. Written in masterful prose, Styron’s debut novel offers unflinching insight into the ineradicable bonds of place and family. The story of Milton, Helen, and their children reveals much about life’s losses and disappointments. Lie Down in Darkness, poignant and compelling, is aclassic of modern American literature. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.



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Some really great prose, but a difficult read. - Goodreads
i love his writing style. - Goodreads
Well written and interesting story telling. - Goodreads
I think Styron's prose is absolutely wonderful. - Goodreads
I actually really enjoyed the prose. - Goodreads
Styron is a master of prose. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Christina - Goodreads

I need to accept that after almost a year, I'm never going to finish this book. God, I really wanted to, though. This is the book that is referenced throughout "Sophie's Choice" as the thing the main ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eaguerrant - Goodreads

Very dark and a bit too long, but this is a good one. Read full review


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William Styron (1925–2006), born in Newport News, Virginia, was one of the greatest American writers of his generation. Styron published his first book, Lie Down in Darkness, at age twenty-six and went on to write such influential works as the controversial and Pulitzer Prize–winning The Confessions of Nat Turner and the international bestseller Sophie’s Choice.

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