Casciato, Arthur D., and James L. W. West III, eds. Critical Essays on William Styron. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1982. Collection of critical essays that cover all of Styron’s major novels and include bibliographical references.
Coale, Samuel. William Styron Revisited. Boston: Twayne, 1991. A brief biography and an analysis of Styron’s novels. Coale devotes a chapter to each major work, including a selected bibliography.
Cologne-Brookes, Gavin. The Novels of William Styron: From Harmony to History. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1995. Study of the influence of the modernist movement on Styron, explores Styron’s psychological themes, and analyzes his shifting patterns of discourse. Includes analysis of Styron’s later work.
Hadaller, David. Gynicide: Women in the Novels of William Styron. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1996. Explores women in Styron’s fiction, particularly the deaths of women and the meaning of these deaths. Hadaller argues that Styron’s depictions force readers to question a society that victimizes women.
Morris, Robert K., and Irving Malin, eds. The Achievement of William Styron. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1975. Provides essays by various critics on Styron’s fiction up to Sophie’s Choice. The essay by Morris and Malin on Styron’s career as a visionary novelist is a good introduction to his work.
West, James L. W., III, ed. Conversations with William Styron. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1985. Collected interviews with William Styron in which Styron attempts to “restore a little balance,” giving his side to the many controversies that his books have caused.
West, James L. W., III, ed. William Styron: A Life. New York: Random House, 1998. The first comprehensive biography of Styron, West’s extraordinary work lucidly and cogently connects events in Styron’s life to his fiction. This is an essential work for anyone who wishes to understand Styron and his writing.