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Novelist William Styron and His New "Memoir of Madness"

In 1985, novelist William Styron fell into a deep depression. He documented the years he was incapacitated by the illness, and how he coped, in his new book, Darkness Visible. Looking back at his early writing, Styron believes depression informed his novels, like The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie's Choice.


Other segments from the episode on September 19, 1990

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, September 19, 1990: Interview with William Styron; Interview with Patrick McGrath; Commentary on deep-fried food and the American South.


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