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, DARKNESS VISIBLE: A MEMOIR OF MADNESS by William Styron

Random House; 84 pages; $15.95

The characters in William Styron's fiction struggle with guilt, fear, self- loathing, performance anxiety and alcohol. The main character of Darkness Visible also battles these demons. He is the author himself, who now answers the question, What ever happened to William Styron? Since publication of Sophie's Choice nearly a dozen years ago, he has been among the estimated 1 out of 10 people who suffer through episodes of debilitating depression.

By Styronian standards, this is a mote of a book. It began as a speech at...

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