He spent more time on his own business enterprises than state work, his exterminating business and an escort service for nurses in ghetto neighborhoods. Inmates at the jail might take the prize for stupidity, but the staff was not far behind. Their antics provided Jim and me hours of amusement as well as annoyance.
Styron's Northern mother and liberal Southern father gave him a broad perspective on race relations.
His father, a shipyard engineer, suffered from clinical depressionwhich Styron himself would later experience. His mother died from breast cancer in when Styron was still a boy, following her decade-long battle with the disease.
Styron attended public school in Warwick County, first at Hilton School and then at Morrison High School now known as Warwick High School for two years, until his father sent him to Christchurch Schoolan Episcopal college-preparatory school in the Tidewater region of Virginia.
Styron once said, "But of all the schools I attended By the age of eighteen he was reading the writers who would have a lasting influence on his vocation as a novelist and writer, especially Thomas Wolfe. Navy and Marine Corps V program aimed at fast-tracking officer candidates by enrolling them simultaneously in basic training and bachelor's degree programs.
There he published his first fiction, a short story heavily influenced by William Faulknerin an anthology of student work[ citation needed ].
Styron published several short stories in the University literary magazine, The Archive, between and Marine Corpsthe Japanese surrendered before his ship left San Francisco. After the war, he returned to full-time studies at Duke and completed his Bachelor of Arts B.
After provoking his employers into firing him, he set about writing his first novel in earnest. The novel received overwhelming critical acclaim.
Military service[ edit ] His recall into the military due to the Korean War prevented him from immediately accepting the Rome Prize. Styron joined the Marine Corps, but was discharged in for eye problems.
However, he was to transform his experience at Camp LejeuneNorth Carolina into his short novel, The Long Marchpublished serially the following year.
Travels in Europe[ edit ] Styron spent an extended period in Europe. Inthe group founded the magazine Paris Reviewwhich became a celebrated literary journal. Finally able to take advantage of his Rome Prize, he traveled to Italy, where he became friends with Truman Capote.
At the American Academy, he renewed an acquaintance with a young Baltimore poet, Rose Burgunder, to whom he had been introduced the previous fall at Johns Hopkins University. They were married in Rome in the spring of The novel received mixed reviews in the United States, although its publisher considered it successful in terms of sales.
In Europe its translation into French achieved best-seller status, far outselling the American edition. Nat Turner controversy[ edit ] Styron's next two novels, published between andsparked much controversy. Feeling wounded by his first truly harsh reviews[ citation needed ], for Set This House on Fire, Styron spent the years after its publication researching and writing his next novel, the fictitious memoirs of the historical Nathaniel "Nat" Turnera slave who led a slave rebellion in During the s, Styron became an eyewitness to another time of rebellion in the United States, living and writing at the heart of that turbulent decade, a time highlighted by the counterculture revolution with its political struggle, civil unrest, and racial tension.
The public response to this social upheaval was furious and intense: Among the criticisms was outrage over a black author choosing a white woman as the protagonist in a story that tells of her involvement with a black man. Baldwin was Styron's house guest for several months following the critical storm generated by Another Country.
During that time, he read early drafts of Styron's new novel, and predicted that Styron's book would face even harsher scrutiny than Another Country.William Tazewell (m.
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