William Clark Styron, Jr. (June 11, 1925 – November 1, 2006) was an American novelist and essayist who won major literary awards for his work.

Styron's influence deepened and his readership expanded with the publication of Darkness Visible in 1990. This memoir, originally intended as a magazine article, chronicled the author's descent into depression and his near-fatal night of "despair beyond despair".

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Let's face it, writing is hell.
William Styron (b. 1925), U.S. novelist. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958). Writing, Styron said in the same interview, is a "fine therapy for people who are perpetually scared of nameless threats ... for jittery people."
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.
William Styron (b. 1925), U.S. novelist. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. George Plimpton (1958).

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