William Styron

1925 - 2006

Photo of William Styron

Icon of person William Styron

William Clark Styron Jr. (June 11, 1925 – November 1, 2006) was an American novelist and essayist who won major literary awards for his work.Styron was best known for his novels, including: Lie Down in Darkness (1951), his acclaimed first work, published when he was 26; The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967), narrated by Nat Turner, the leader of an 1831 Virginia slave revolt; Sophie's Choice (1979), a story "told through the eyes of a young aspiring writer from the South, about a Polish Catholic survivor of Auschwitz and her brilliant but psychotic Jewish lover in postwar Brooklyn".In 1985, he suffered from his first serious bout with depression. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Styron has received more than 555,144 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). William Styron is the 1,244th most popular writer (up from 1,371st in 2019), the 1,464th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,582nd in 2019) and the 147th most popular American Writer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 560k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 68.69

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 40

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.77

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.65

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Page views of William Styrons by language


Among writers, William Styron ranks 1,244 out of 5,794Before him are Forough Farrokhzad, Qiu Jin, J. G. Ballard, Rasul Gamzatov, Thomas of Celano, and Elsa Triolet. After him are Siegfried Lenz, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Cornelius Gallus, Norman Mailer, Lee Child, and Avienus.

Most Popular Writers in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1925, William Styron ranks 87Before him are Hal Holbrook, John Pople, Hilda Gadea, Gabriele Amorth, Masanori Tokita, and Oliver Smithies. After him are Gabriele Ferzetti, Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen, Gore Vidal, Hildegard Knef, Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, and Aliya Moldagulova. Among people deceased in 2006, William Styron ranks 56Before him are Aaron Spelling, Robert Bruce Merrifield, Raymond Davis Jr., Floyd Patterson, Lillian Asplund, and David Bronstein. After him are Joachim Fest, Richard Fleischer, Telê Santana, Sven Nykvist, Mariska Veres, and Claude Jade.

Others Born in 1925

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 2006

Go to all Rankings

In United States

Among people born in United States, William Styron ranks 1,464 out of 15,968Before him are Gillian Anderson (1968), Edwin S. Porter (1870), Norman Reedus (1969), George Papandreou (1952), Betty White (1922), and Gordon Moore (1929). After him are George Dantzig (1914), Leslie Groves (1896), Paul Flory (1910), George Stigler (1911), Christine Baranski (1952), and Patrick Dempsey (1966).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, William Styron ranks 147Before him are Martha Gellhorn (1908), Sylvia Browne (1936), Carson McCullers (1917), Dan Simmons (1948), Robert Bloch (1917), and Jeffery Deaver (1950). After him are Norman Mailer (1923), Tom Wolfe (1930), James Oliver Curwood (1878), Thornton Wilder (1897), Rex Stout (1886), and Robin Hobb (1952).