William Styron's Nat Turner: Ten Black Writers Respond

Boston: Beacon Press, (1968).


Edited by John Henrik Clarke. Perfectbound wrappers. 120pp. Front, black wrapper quite rubbed and some foxing to the rear wrap, else a sound, very good copy in wrappers as issued. Ten black writer's respond to Styron's controversial first person narrative and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Confessions of Nat Turner. The response, as controversial as the novel itself, while varied, are generally indignant and seem to conclude that Turner, considered a tragic hero by African-Americans, is misinterpreted by the Southern white writer Styron as childish and pathetic. The contributors are Clarke, Lerone Bennett, Jr., Alvin F. Poussaint, John Oliver Killens, John A. Williams, Vincent Harding, Ernest Kaiser, Loyle Hairston, Charles V. Hamilton and Mike Thelwell. Includes the original text of Turner's 1831 "Confession" as reported by Thomas R. Gray.

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William Styron's Nat Turner: Ten Black Writers Respond