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Set in 1831, The Confessions Of Nat Turner tells--in his own words--of a black man who awaits death in a Virginia jail cell. His name is Nat Turner and he is a slave, a preacher, and the leader of the only effective slave revolt in the history of that 'peculiar institution.'
"This is a first-rate novel...and the best by an American writer that has appeared in some years...Styron maintains throughout his narrative a consistent and highly imaginative realism not only on the object plane, but also by recreating the intimate psychology of his characters...In a way inconceivable, even for Faulkner, Styron's prose master."
Philip Rahv, New York Review of Books, 10/26/67Review:
"Styron has freely, with luxurious imagination, reconstructed Nat Turner's life from the 20-page confession to the court that then had him hanged...The real achievement of this beautiful, curious, essentially dreamlike narrative is [that Styron] has been able to create with his honest sense of the tragic, a man whom the locked-up force of daily, hourly, constant suppression has turned into a Stranger--someone who remains single, separate, wholly other from ourselves and our notions...What we have here is a wonderfully evocative portrait of a gifted, proud, long-suppressed human being who began to live only when he was sentenced to die."
Alfred Kazin, Book World, 10/8/1967
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Book Description: Modern Library/Random House, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1994. Cloth. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st printing of the 1994 Modern Library Edition. Shows a few handling marks on the fore edge of the bound pages and a little light fading along the top edge of the boards from time on our shop shelves. Our bookseller stickers are on both faces of the jacket, and our removable price sticker is on the inside front flap of the jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 008034
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