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The Suicide Run: Five Tales of the Marine Corps

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Before writing his memoir of madness, Darkness Visible, William Styron was best known for his ambitious works of fiction - including The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie's Choice. Styron also created personal but no less powerful tales based on his real-life experiences as a U.S. Marine. The Suicide Run collects five of these meticulously rendered narratives. One of them - Elobey, Annobon, and Corisco" - is published here for the first time.

In "Blankenship," written in 1953, Styron draws on his stint as a guard at a stateside military prison at the end of World War II. "Marriott, the Marine" and "The Suicide Run" - which Styron composed in the early 1970s as part of an intended novel that he set aside to write Sophie's Choice - depict the surreal experience of being conscripted a second time, after World War II, to serve in the Korean War. "My Father's House" captures the isolation and frustration of a soldier trying to become a civilian again. In "Elobey, Annobon, and Corisco," written late in Styron's life, a soldier attempts to exorcise the dread of an approaching battle by daydreaming about far-off islands, visited vicariously through his childhood stamp collection.

Synopsis:

A collection of vignettes by the late Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of The Confessions of Nat Turner is culled from abandoned manuscripts based on his experiences as a Marine and features characters who struggle with the rigors and restrictions of military life.

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, Sophie’s 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 d’Honneur, 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.

Table of Contents

Blankenship (1953) — Marriott, the Marine (1971) — The suicide run (1974) — My father's house (1988) — Elobey, Annob

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588369062
Subtitle:
Five Tales of the Marine Corps
Publisher:
Random House
Creator:
William Styron
Author:
Styron, William
Author:
West, James L. W.
Author:
William Styron
Author:
James L. W. West
Subject:
Fiction : Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Audio Books-Literature
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20091006
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
194

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