The Confessions of Nat Turner

The Confessions of Nat Turner

eBook - 1993 ie 1992
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The “magnificent” Pulitzer Prize–winning and #1 New York Times–bestselling novel about the preacher who led America’s bloodiest slave revolt (The New York Times).

The Confessions of Nat Turner is William Styron’s complex and richly drawn imagining of Nat Turner, the leader of the 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia that led to the deaths of almost sixty men, women, and children. Published at the height of the civil rights movement, the novel draws upon the historical Nat Turner’s confession to his attorney, made as he awaited execution in a Virginia jail. This powerful narrative, steeped in the brutal and tragic history of American slavery, reveals a Turner who is neither a hero nor a demon, but rather a man driven to exact vengeance for the centuries of injustice inflicted upon his people.

Nat Turner is a galvanizing portrayal of the crushing institution of slavery, and Styron’s deeply layered characterization is a stunning rendering of one man’s violent struggle against oppression.
This ebook features a new illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1993 [i.e. 1992]
ISBN: 9781936317097
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jun 27, 2016

Too little has been written about the Nat Turner slave rebellion. William Styron made a great start at correcting this situation, but the fact is the rebellion itself defies so many comfortable stereotypes nobody who loves to blandly assert and conjecture concerning black slaves is likely to love the work. But it's a good read and worthy of more praise than it ever had.

Nov 10, 2014

"A Negro's most cherished possession is the drab, neutral cloak of anonymity he can manage to gather around himself, allowing him to merge faceless and nameless with the common swarm. . ."
While "The Confessions of Nat Turner" won the Pulitzer Prize and received plenty of accolades, there were some who objected to its very premise: how could a privileged white author possibly capture the voice of a 19th century slave? The controversy, coming at the height of racial tensions in the late 60s, was enough to spawn a whole cottage industry of criticism, including a book of essays. While there is some legitimacy to the criticism, esp. considering the long history of white culture appropriating African-American culture, if authors only wrote about their own class/race/gender/religion/etc., literature would be the poorer for it. The book is good, if somewhat dated, and it would have benefited from being about 100 pages shorter. I recently read James McBride's novel "The Great Lord Bird," about John Brown, which is a more successful example of historical fiction. This edition contains an afterword by Styron, which explains and defends his motivations and methods. His other major novel is "Sophie's Choice."


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