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

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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

Philip Roth (1933–2018) was one of the most decorated writers in American history, having won the National Book Critics Circle Award twice, the PEN/Faulkner Award three times, the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and many more. He also won the Ambassador Book Award of the English-Speaking Union and in the same year received the National Medal of Arts at the White House. In 2001 he received the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, given every six years “for the entire work of the recipient.”