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The Confessions of Nat Turner

The Confessions of Nat Turner - William Styron "Each of us, helplessly and forever, contains the other -- male in female, female in male, white in black, and black in white. We are part of each other." - James BaldwinI became interested in reading The Confessions of Nat Turner after reading Alexandra Styron's biography of her father. It was one of his greatest works, winning him the Pulitzer Prize, and at the same time the cause of his greatest anguish when he was labeled a racist via “10 Black Writers’ Response”. James Baldwin, one of the civil rights movement’s most prominent voices, came to Styron’s defense. Man’s ability to achieve compassion, while at the same time denying another man’s humanity is one of the things I found most remarkable in Styron’s work. I feel this battle and it’s moments of victory and defeat forge and shape who we are. Ultimately, I agree with Mr. Baldwin.The Confessions of Nat Turner