The Achievement of William Styron

Edited by Robert K. Morris and Irving Malin
Revised Edition

Reviews

"The best critical overview of Styron available . . . In these lucid and attentive essays, eleven critics attempt to link Styron's personal vision with enduring values, estimate his place in the Southern tradition, and to enhance our understanding of both his intent and his achievement."
Bookforum


Description
The publication of Sophie's Choice, one of William Styron's greatest literary achievements, generated a new spark in the critical discussion of the author and is the main emphasis of the interview with Styron and one of the additional essays in this revised edition. The interview was conducted by Robert K. Morris; the essay on Sophie's Choice by Richard Pearce. Other essays include Jane Flanders on Styron's southern myth, Philip W. Leon on Styron's narrative technique, and Ardner R. Cheshire, Jr., and Mary S. Strine on The Confessions of Nat Turner.

Originally published in 1975, The Achievement of William Styron was the first collection of critical essays on one of America's most distinguished contemporary fiction writers, and it has become a standard work. Essays from the original edition which are included in this revised edition are those by the editors, and by Louis D. Rubin, Jr., John O. Lyons, Jan B. Gordon, Robert Phillips, and George Core.

Page count: 400 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9

 



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6/1/2008

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Robert K. Morris's other books include studies of Anthony Powell, Anthony Burgess, V. S. Naipaul, and the contemporary British novel. Irving Malin has published studies of Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nathanael West, and William Faulkner, and has edited a number of collections, including a critical handbook on The Confessions of Nat Turner. Malin is a member of the International Association of University Professors of English.