William Styron Dead at 81

William Styron, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Lie Down in Darkness, Set This House on Fire and The Confessions of Nat Turner has passed away at the age of 81, after one of those long-term illnesses one always finds allusion to in wire-service Obituaries. For those of you visiting us today who might be wondering why this passing is noteworthy . . . and to remind all of us what is disappearing fast . . . here is an appreciation by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt from today's edition of The New York Times.

And while we're on the subject, here is The Paris Review's 1954 interview with the now-late novelist.

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