Lie Down in Darkness

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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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This book was fantastic. Styron is a wonderful writer in the Faulknerian tradition, and the prose here crackles with energy. The story is moving and tragic, reminding me almost of a Southern Gothic American Pastoral. Highly recommended. Read full review

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Took some work here and there, but interesting payoff. Very psychological. Styron took stylistic risks here and there, tried to do some Joyce-ean stuff that I'm still not sure how I feel about. Southern lit, less provincial Faulkner with more money. 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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