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The suicide run : five tales of the Marine Corps

Author: William Styron; James L W West
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2009] ©2009
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Before writing his memoir of madness, Darkness Visible, William Styron was best known for his ambitious works of fiction - including The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie's Choice. Styron also created personal but no less powerful tales based on his real-life experiences as a U.S. Marine. The Suicide Run collects five of these meticulously rendered narratives. One of them - Elobey, Annobon, and Corisco" - is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Fiction
War stories
Named Person: William Styron
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Styron; James L W West
ISBN: 9781400068227 1400068223
OCLC Number: 268957401
Description: 194 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Blankenship (1953) --
Marriott, the Marine (1971) --
The suicide run (1974) --
My father's house (1988) --
Elobey, Annobobon, and Corisco (1995).
Responsibility: William Styron ; [edited by James L.W. West III].

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"Before writing his memoir of madness, Darkness Visible, William Styron was best known for his ambitious works of fiction - including The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie's Choice. Styron also created personal but no less powerful tales based on his real-life experiences as a U.S. Marine. The Suicide Run collects five of these meticulously rendered narratives. One of them - Elobey, Annobon, and Corisco" - is published here for the first time." "In "Blankenship," written in 1953, Styron draws on his stint as a guard at a stateside military prison at the end of World War II. "Marriott, the Marine" and "The Suicide Run" - which Styron composed in the early 1970s as part of an intended novel that he set aside to write Sophie's Choice - depict the surreal experience of being conscripted a second time, after World War II, to serve in the Korean War. "My Father's House" captures the isolation and frustration of a soldier trying to become a civilian again. In "Elobey, Annobon, and Corisco," written late in Styron's life, a soldier attempts to exorcise the dread of an approaching battle by daydreaming about far-off islands, visited vicariously through his childhood stamp collection."--BOOK JACKET.

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