Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
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.
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