Indianapolis - New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1951. Item #02029
Of the Author's First Novel
STYRON, William. Lie Down In Darkness. Indianapolis - New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1951.
First edition, first printing. Octavo (8 1/4 x 5 5/8 in; 209 x 143 mm). 400 pp.
Publisher's original olive cloth, gilt lettered. Pictorial blue dust jacket. A tight, bright copy in a near fine dust jacket.
Styron’s first novel, Lie Down in Darkness, set in his native tidewater Virginia, tells of a young woman from a loveless middle-class family who fights unsuccessfully for her sanity before committing suicide.
William Clark Styron Jr. (1925-2006) was an American novelist and essayist noted for his treatment of tragic themes and his use of a rich, classical prose style. He won major literary awards for his work.