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Widow of troubled Pulitzer Prize winner to speak

Posted by Ralph Ranalli April 23, 2007 01:51 PM

William Styron in 1998
(AP photo by Kathy Willens)


Pulitzer-Prize winning author William Styron became a literary success at age 26 with the publication of “Lie Down Darkness,” about a young girl’s suicide.

But it wasn't until during a trip to Paris 34 years later that the author himself first realized that he suffered from depression. Even the major international literary award he received that day wasn’t enough to draw him out of his state of joylessness, Styron later wrote in a memoir.

Styron's widow will speak next week on her husband’s debilitating struggle with depression, which he chronicled at age 67 in “Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness." Rose Styron, an American writer and poet, will reflect on how she helped her husband, who died last November at age 81, cope with his illness.

“In Conversation with Rose Styron,” a lecture sponsored by the Needham Coalition for Suicide Prevention, begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, in the Community Room of the Needham Public Library. The event is free to the public.

-– Lauren K. Meade

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