02 November 2006

William Styron: 1925-2006

William Styron passed away yesterday...he was 81. Styron, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist whose explorations of the darkest corners of the mind were charged by personal demons that nearly drove him to suicide, died in Martha's Vineyard, Mass. He had been in failing health for a long time.

Although he was not a speculative fiction writer, I thought we should mark his passing. I really enjoyed his work, especially Sophie's Choice.

1 comment:

lesleylsmith said...

A sad loss. :(
Why do writers seem to struggle with personal demons so often? I wonder if they write because they struggle or struggle because they write? Or does everyone struggle and only writers can put it into words?