Download William Styron Reading from Lie Down in Darkness: From Great American Authors Read from Their Works, Volume 1 Audiobook

William Styron Reading from Lie Down in Darkness: From Great American Authors Read from Their Works, Volume 1 Audiobook, by William Styron Extended Sample Click for printable size audiobook cover
Author: William Styron Narrator: William Styron Publisher: Calliope Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Great American Authors Read from Their Works Series Release Date: August 2019 ISBN: 9781094095615
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Lie Down in Darkness traces the tragic fate of a Southern family with acute sensitivity, in a style that mirrors the inner lives of its four major characters. The parents are estranged, with each favoring one of their two daughters. The father dotes on Peyton, the family beauty, while the mother is devoted to Maudie, the disabled child. The novel, told in flashbacks, opens with Peyton's funeral after her emotional unraveling and suicide. The passage Styron reads here shows Maudie's magical encounter with the workman, Bennie.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliant…A triumph of characterization.”

    New York Times

  • “Richly and poetically written.”

    Atlantic

  • “Achieves real beauty.”

    Washington Post

  • “Styron is a young writer of uncommon gifts.”

    Associated Press

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About the Author

William Styron (1925–2006) was the author of several bestselling and award-winning books, including Lie Down in Darkness, which won the 1951 Prix de Rome of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Confessions of Nat Turner, which won the 1968 Pulitzer Prize, and Sophie’s Choice, which won the 1980 National Book Award.