William Styron Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

William Styron Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

The informing patterns of William Styron’s fiction are by no means self-evident, and they may not yield themselves readily to the casual critic. Unlike William Faulkner, whom he often resembles in style and technique, his subjects are radically diverse—a doomed southern family, the intellectual jet set of American expatriates, a historical slave revolt, the horror of the Holocaust. He can shift stylistically from the direct “plain style” of The Long March to the purple rhetoric of sections in Set This House on Fire, and he moves easily from romantic abstraction to concrete objectivity.

Styron is preeminently, almost self-consciously, a writer of “big” novels of weighty moral...

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