William Clark Styron Jr. was an American novelist and essayist who won major literary awards for his work.
Styron was best known for his novels, including:
Lie Down in Darkness, his acclaimed first work, published when he was 26;
I didn't know how to weigh ideas about poetry. Nothing in the life I lived as a student - and later as wife and mother at the suburban edge of Dublin - suggested I had the wherewithal to do so. But I did have a unit of measurement. It was the measure of my own life.