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William Styron
(1925-2006) born on
Jun 11
US novelist. He is noted for his treatment of tragic themes and his use of a rich, classical prose style, e.g., "Confessions of Nat Turner."
         
   
F
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.

R
Let's face it, writing is hell.
A
The good writing of any age has always been the product of "someone's," neurosis.
N
Every writer since the beginning of time, just like other people, has been afflicted by what [a] friend of mine calls "the fleas of life" you know, colds, hangovers, bills, sprained ankles and little nuisances of one sort or another.
K
They are the constants of life, at the core of life, along with nice little delights that come along every now and then. . . . we all have them and they're a hell of a lot more invariable than nuclear fission or the revocation of the Edict of Nantes.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Writers at Work."
R: Interview in Writers at Work (First Series, ed. by Malcolm Cowley, 1958). Writing, Styron said in the same interview, is a "fine therapy for people who are perpetually scared of nameless threats. . .
A: In NY "Times," 27 Oct 63
N: Quoted in James L W West III ed "Conversations with William Styron," University Press of Mississippi 85
K: Quoted in James L W West III ed "Conversations with William Styron," University Press of Mississippi 85
   


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