A baby boy was born June 11, 1925, in Newport News, Virginia. They named him William Clark Styron, Jr. — and he would grow up to write such acclaimed (and controversial) works as Lie Down in Darkness, The Confessions of Nat Turner, and Sophia’s Choice.
He wasn’t much for birthdays, William Styron; he was, however, a devoted son. Perhaps his devotion stemmed from the fact that his mother lost her decade-long battle with cancer while he was still a boy. Perhaps it was appreciation for all his father had to work through–clinical depression, long hours working the shipyard. Perhaps it simply the ties that bind a father to a son.
Whatever the story, Sunday is Father’s Day. It’s the day many of us think on our relationship with our fathers–what was, what is, and what could have been. In that, it seems the perfect excuse to listen in as William Styron’s daughter talks about her father’s relationship to his father . . .