William Clark Styron, Jr. was an American novelist and essayist who won major literary awards for his work.
For much of his career, Styron was best known for his novels, including:
Lie Down in Darkness (1951), his acclaimed first novel, published at age 26
The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967), narrated by Nat Turner, the leader of an 1831 Virginian slave revolt (1968 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
Sophie's Choice (1979), a story "told through the eyes of a young aspiring writer from the South, about a Polish Catholic survivor of Auschwitz and her brilliant but troubled Jewish lover in postwar Brooklyn"
1930 United States Census, index and images, FamilySearch (accessed 28 April 2015), William C Styron, Newport News, Newport News (Independent City), Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0023, sheet 1A, family 14, line 35, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2469; FHL microfilm 2,342,203.
Death: 1 Nov 2006
United States Social Security Death Index, index, FamilySearch (accessed 28 April 2015), William C Styron, 01 Nov 2006; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).