WILLIAM STYRON'S NAT TURNER: Ten Black Writers Respond by John Henrik Ed. Clarke

WILLIAM STYRON'S NAT TURNER: Ten Black Writers Respond

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KIRKUS REVIEW

If your kids have been reading the Styron novel you may want this symposium of ten pieces which argue variously but unanimously that the ""voice"" and the ""confession"" are not the subject's but the author's (""a white intellectual in blackface""); that Styron has suppressed some facts about the real Nat Turner while inventing others; that the novel which was subtitled a ""meditation on history"" is ""mired in misinterpretation""; and that throughout Nat is projected as a white supremacist's stereotyped sexual threat to white womanhood. The articles have been authored by various leading Negro thinkers, teachers and writers (among them John O. Kittens, John H. Williams, and the editor) and one piece discusses the almost wholly admiring review coverage which appeared even though Styron ""snatched Nat Turner out of the nineteenth century. . . and placed him totally in our own age.

Pub Date: July 4th, 1968
Publisher: Beacon