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Book Review: 'Reading My Father: A Memoir' by Alexandra Styron
Book Review: 'Reading My Father: A Memoir' by Alexandra Styron

Reading My Father: A Memoir Alexandra Styron Scribner: 304 pp., $25 A Virginia boy who loved Proust and Dickinson, William Styron gave such heft and meaning to mid-20th century American fiction that, with a few other white male writers, he all but defined it. That he did so on the strength of only a handful of novels in 30 years, three of them extraordinary ("Lie Down in Darkness," "The Confessions of Nat Turner" and "Sophie's Choice"), testifies to the magisterial reach of his fiction as well as the Camelot-era longing for it. Those were the years when history could still be contained, or so we assumed, by the power of narrative, and the bigger the...

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