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After the great success in 1990 of Darkness Visible, his memoir of depression and recovery, William Styron wrote more frequently in an introspective, autobiographical mode. Havanas in Camelot brings together fourteen of his personal essays, including a reminiscence of his brief friendship with John F. Kennedy; memoirs of Truman Capote, James Baldwin, and Terry Southern; a meditation on Mark Twain; an account of Styrons daily walks with his dog; and an evocation of his summer home on Marthas Vineyard. These essays, which reveal a reflective and humorous side of Styrons nature, make possible a fuller assessment of this enigmatic man of American letters.

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After the great success in 1990 of Darkness Visible, his memoir of depression and recovery, William Styron wrote more frequently in an introspective, autobiographical mode. Havanas in Camelot brings together fourteen of his personal essays, including a reminiscence of his brief friendship with John F. Kennedy; memoirs of Truman Capote, James Baldwin, and Terry Southern; a meditation on Mark Twain; an account of Styrons daily walks with his dog; and an evocation of his summer home on Marthas Vineyard. These essays, which reveal a reflective and humorous side of Styrons nature, make possible a fuller assessment of this enigmatic man of American letters.

About the Author

William Styron (1925-2006) , a native of the Virginia Tidewater, was a graduate of Duke University and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. His books include Lie Down in Darkness, The Long March, Set This House on Fire, The Confessions of Nat Turner, Sophies Choice, This Quiet Dust, Darkness Visible, and A Tidewater Morning. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Howells Medal, the American Book Award, the Légion dHonneur, and the Witness to Justice Award from the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation. With his wife, the poet and activist Rose Styron, he lived for most of his adult life in Roxbury, Connecticut, and in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, where he is buried.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812978759
Author:
Styron, William
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Author:
Styron, William
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 B/W PHOTOS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.98x5.18x.52 in. .34 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , After the great success in 1990 of Darkness Visible, his memoir of depression and recovery, William Styron wrote more frequently in an introspective, autobiographical mode. Havanas in Camelot brings together fourteen of his personal essays, including a reminiscence of his brief friendship with John F. Kennedy; memoirs of Truman Capote, James Baldwin, and Terry Southern; a meditation on Mark Twain; an account of Styrons daily walks with his dog; and an evocation of his summer home on Marthas Vineyard. These essays, which reveal a reflective and humorous side of Styrons nature, make possible a fuller assessment of this enigmatic man of American letters.
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