I discovered that I had, in the past two decades, written a far greater amount in the essay form than I remembered. Certainly I have written enough of it to demonstrate that I harbor no disdain for literary journalism or just plain journalism, under whose sponsorship I have been able to express much that has fascinated me, or alarmed me, or amused me, or otherwise engaged my attention when I was not writing a book.
"A note to the reader" - This Quiet Dust and Other Writings (1982)
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.William Styron
It could be all unwittingly that I wrote in Darkness Visible what amounted to a Rosetta stone for my other work.William Styron
My life and work have been far from free of blemish, and so I think it would be unpardonable for a biographer not to dish up the dirt.William Styron
This was not judgement day — only morning. Morning: excellent and fair.William Styron