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William Styron's Posthumous Publications: Reaffirmation of an American Man of Letters

William Styron's Posthumous Publications: Reaffirmation of an American Man of Letters William Styron's Posthumous Publications: Reaffirmation of an American Man of Letters by Jean W. Cash, Rhoda Sirlin, David R. Young A Tidewater Morning (1993) was the last full-length book William Styron published during his lifetime. Since his death in November 2006, however, three additional volumes of his work have appeared thanks to the efforts of his widow, Rose Burgunder Styron, and his biographer, James L. W. West III. The works include a collection of essays, Havanas in Camelot, 2008; Letters to My Father, 2009; and, The Suicide Run: Five Tales of the Marine Corps, 2009.1 All three volumes add to Styron's reputation as a man of multiple interests. His early letters are invaluable to any reader interested in the process of how one writer obsessed with writing as a means of self-fulfillment began his career. They also show how important Styron's father was to that development. The essays, primarily drawn from work that Styron published in magazines and journals during his later years, show his far-ranging interests: literary, political, and social. Styron's military stories reflect his desire to write a World War II novel, a desire that he never realized, at least partly because of his ambivalence about http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

William Styron's Posthumous Publications: Reaffirmation of an American Man of Letters

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 45 (1) – Jul 19, 2012

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Abstract

William Styron's Posthumous Publications: Reaffirmation of an American Man of Letters by Jean W. Cash, Rhoda Sirlin, David R. Young A Tidewater Morning (1993) was the last full-length book William Styron published during his lifetime. Since his death in November 2006, however, three additional volumes of his work have appeared thanks to the efforts of his widow, Rose Burgunder Styron, and his biographer, James L. W. West III. The works include a collection of essays, Havanas in Camelot, 2008; Letters to My Father, 2009; and, The Suicide Run: Five Tales of the Marine Corps, 2009.1 All three volumes add to Styron's reputation as a man of multiple interests. His early letters are invaluable to any reader interested in the process of how one writer obsessed with writing as a means of self-fulfillment began his career. They also show how important Styron's father was to that development. The essays, primarily drawn from work that Styron published in magazines and journals during his later years, show his far-ranging interests: literary, political, and social. Styron's military stories reflect his desire to write a World War II novel, a desire that he never realized, at least partly because of his ambivalence about

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jul 19, 2012

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