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William Styron

1925 - 2006

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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 had his first serious bout with depression. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Styron has received more than 658,766 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). William Styron is the 1,349th most popular writer (down from 1,244th in 2019), the 1,695th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,463rd in 2019) and the 162nd most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, William Styron ranks 1,349 out of 5,755Before him are Thomas Moore, Nikolaus Lenau, Hartmann von Aue, Jakob Wassermann, Joyce Carol Oates, and Radoje Domanović. After him are Stig Dagerman, Ka'b ibn al-Ashraf, Samuel R. Delany, Daniel Pennac, Ibn Khallikan, and Sharafkhan Bidlisi.

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Among people born in 1925, William Styron ranks 95Before him are Oscar Peterson, Toshio Iwatani, Robert Hardy, Hildegard Knef, Nicolai Gedda, and Veljko Kadijević. After him are Sammy Davis Jr., Martin Rodbell, Tom Gehrels, Ernesto Cardenal, Georges Delerue, and Justo Gallego Martínez. Among people deceased in 2006, William Styron ranks 64Before him are James Van Allen, Karel Appel, Joachim Fest, Ta Mok, Lillian Asplund, and John Money. After him are Floyd Patterson, Murray Bookchin, Reinhart Koselleck, Gillo Pontecorvo, Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, and Rudolf Vrba.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Styron ranks 1,695 out of 18,182Before him are John Sculley (1939), Lou Gehrig (1903), Caroline Kennedy (1957), Eric Carr (1950), Joyce Carol Oates (1938), and Chris Evans (1981). After him are Richard Serra (1939), John Backus (1924), Charles Mingus (1922), Samuel R. Delany (1942), Robert E. Park (1864), and Michael Dudikoff (1954).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, William Styron ranks 162Before him are James Baldwin (1924), Henry Steel Olcott (1832), Robert Sheckley (1928), Don DeLillo (1936), Robert Bloch (1917), and Joyce Carol Oates (1938). After him are Samuel R. Delany (1942), James Oliver Curwood (1878), Edward Albee (1928), Norman Mailer (1923), Diana Gabaldon (1952), and James Patterson (1947).