Books: Will the Real Nat Turner Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Nat Turner Please Stand Up?

WILLIAM STYRON'S NAT TURNER: TEN BLACK WRITERS RESPOND. Edited by John Henrik Clarke. 120 pages. Beacon Press. $4.95.

The Confessions of Nat Turner, William Styron's novel about the 1831 slave uprising in Virginia, won the Pulitzer Prize, has sold over 175,000 copies so far, and is still comfortably at home on the bestseller lists. On this evidence alone, the book would seem to deserve at least respectful attention; indeed, it seems to have been the right novel...

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