William Styron was born in Newport News, Virginia in 1925. He is the author of seven novels, including Lie Down in Darkness (1951), for which he received the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome; The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; and Sophie’s Choice (1979), which won the National Book Award. Styron was also the recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the Commonwealth Award. He died in 2006.
Audio Recordings of William Styron
- As part of Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., William Styron reading from his work on November 7, 1986