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William Styron

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The Resume

    (June 11, 1925-November 1, 2006)
    Born in Newport News, Virginia
    Wrote the novels 'Lie Down in Darkness' (1951), 'The Long March' (1952), 'Set This House on Fire' (1960), 'The Confessions of Nat Turner' (1967) and 'Sophie's Choice' (1979)
    Wrote the memoir 'Darkness Visible' (1990)

Why he might be annoying:

    He was fired as a McGraw-Hill editor for either tossing balloons out the window or for his 'slovenly appearance.'
    His 'Confessions of Nat Turner' was so controversial it inspired the rebuttal 'William Styron's Nat Turner: Ten Black Writers Respond.'
    He was an alcoholic.
    After he stopped drinking, he had to be hospitalized for depression.
    He commented, 'I suppose some of us are cursed with a dark view of life.'

Why he might not be annoying:

    His mother died from breast cancer when he was thirteen.
    He served with the Marines in World War II.
    He was married to poet Rose Burgunder for 53 years until his death.
    His novels were both critically acclaimed and best sellers.
    He received a Witness to Justice Award from the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation for 'Sophie's Choice.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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    In 2023, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 2 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 13 Votes: 76.92% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 6 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 5 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 3 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 6 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 15 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 8 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 8 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 14 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 32 Votes: 46.88% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 14 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 30 Votes: 43.33% Annoying