Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Robert D. Harper


In 1951 a 25 year old Virginian, William Styron, published his first novel, entitled Lie Down in Darkness. Seemingly a story of the degeneracy of a Southern family in the matter and tradition of William Faulkner, Styron's first novel won him the Prix de Rome, much critical acclaim and attention, and a significant position among The Most Promising Young Novelists of Our Generation. A year later in 1952 styron followed with a novella, The Long March, a tightly controlled symbolic account of a forced march in a reservist Marine camp. This novella seemed to reinforce the critics' opinions of Styron's promise and caliber, and the success of the novella is indicated by its selection as a Modern Library paperback.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1968 Gloria C. Kaslow