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Author: William Styron

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1936317176

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

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This award-winning novel of love, survival, and agonizing regret in post–WWII Brooklyn “belongs on that small shelf reserved for American masterpieces” (The Washington Post Book World). Winner of the National Book Award and a modern classic, Sophie’s Choice centers on three characters: Stingo, a sexually frustrated aspiring novelist; Nathan, his charismatic but violent Jewish neighbor; and Sophie, an Auschwitz survivor who is Nathan’s lover. Their entanglement in one another’s lives will build to a stirring revelation of agonizing secrets that will change them forever. Poetic in its execution, and epic in its emotional sweep, Sophie’s Choice explores the good and evil of humanity through Stingo’s burgeoning worldliness, Nathan’s volatile personality, and Sophie’s tragic past. Mixing elements from Styron’s own experience with themes of the Holocaust and the history of slavery in the American South, the novel is a profound and haunting human drama, representing Styron at the pinnacle of his literary brilliance. This ebook features an illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.

A Study Guide for William Styron s Sophie s Choice

Sophie's. Choice. William. Styron. 1979. Introduction. William Styron's 1979 novel
Sophie's Choice consists of a story within a story. The first story is of the summer
of 1947 when the narrator, then age twentytwo and using the nickname Stingo, ...

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410358828

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 34

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A Study Guide for William Styron's "Sophie's Choice," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Sophie s Choice

Sophie's Choice is an opera in four acts based upon the post-war dramatic novel by William Styron, and commissioned by BBC Radio 3 in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Author: Nicholas Maw

Publisher: Faber & Faber


Category: Music

Page: 338

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Sophie's Choice is an opera in four acts based upon the post-war dramatic novel by William Styron, and commissioned by BBC Radio 3 in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The opera was first performed by the artists and orchestra of the Royal Opera House in December 2002.

Enjoy Your Symptom

However, as was demonstrated by Jean-Pierre Dupuy,5 "Sophie's choice"
presents a limit case which, like the apocryphal grain of sand, disturbs the logical
mechanism of distributive justice. The crucial point is that "Sophie's choice" is not
just ...

Author: Slavoj Žižek

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415928120

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 238

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An elucidation of the fundamentals of Lacanian theory - letter, fantasy, woman, repetition, phallus, father, - with reference to popular culture and films such as "City Lights", "Sophie's Choice" and "The Elephant Man" amongst others.

Holocaust Fiction

Styron's remarks are from ' "A Wheel of Evil Come Full Circle": The Making of
Sophie's Choice', Sewanee Review 1997, p. 397. One interviewer describes the
debate over the later novel as if it were just as incendiary: 'Sophie's Choke was ...

Author: Sue Vice

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134666225

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Examining the controversies that have accompanied the publication of novels representing the Holocaust, this compelling book explores such literature to analyze their violently mixed receptions and what this says about the ethics and practice of millennial Holocaust literature. The novels examined, including some for the first time, are: * Time's Arrow by Martin Amis * The White Hotel by D.M. Thomas * The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski * Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally * Sophie's Choice by William Styron * The Hand that Signed the Paper by Helen Darville. Taking issue with the idea that the Holocaust should only be represented factually, this compelling book argues that Holocaust fiction is not only legitimate, but an important genre that it is essential to accept. In a growing area of interest, Sue Vice adds a new, intelligent and contentious voice to the key debates within Holocaust studies.

Holocaust Literature Lerner to Zychlinsky index

Sophie is a riddle , and we cannot always know how her psyche and memory
distort events . Sophie's disingenuousness struggles with her desire to tell , to
reveal her story . Like Stingo , we are blocked by Sophie's evasions . Sophie's
choice ...

Author: S. Lillian Kremer

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415929844

Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Page: 1499

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Review: "This encyclopedia offers an authoritative and comprehensive survey of the important writers and works that form the literature about the Holocaust and its consequences. The collection is alphabetically arranged and consists of high-quality biocritical essays on 309 writers who are first-, second-, and third-generation survivors or important thinkers and spokespersons on the Holocaust. An essential literary reference work, this publication is an important addition to the genre and a solid value for public and academic libraries."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004.

Take Two

Sophie ' s Choice , Pakula ' s Choices Barbara Tepa Lupack Published in 1979 ,
Sophie ' s Choice was selected by the Book - of - theMonth Club , spent over forty
weeks on The New York Times bestseller list , and won the National Book ...

Author: Barbara Tepa Lupack

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 9780879726423

Category: Social Science

Page: 191

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Take Two closely analyzes the adaptations of ten such works: Catch-22, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Slaughterhouse-Five, Being There, The World According to Garp, Sophie's Choice, The Color Purple, Ironweed, Tough Guys Don't Dance, and Billy Bathgate.

Study Guide

This 55-page guide for "Sophies Choice" by William Styron includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 16 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis.

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SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 55-page guide for "Sophies Choice" by William Styron includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 16 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like Destructive Guilt and Fatal Choices.

Sophie s Choice

SOPHIE ' S CHOICE FRANZ LINK In Sophie ' s Choice , his best - selling novel
published in 1979 , William Styron ' s major concern is “ the embodiment of evil ”
that ...

Author: Rhoda Sirlin

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub


Category: Philosophy

Page: 169

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Sophie's Choice: A Contemporary Casebook is a collection of interpretations and reactions to William Styron's famous 1979 novel of the Holocaust. Sophie's Choice won the American Book Award and sold more than three million copies worldwide, but the novel has remained controversialfor its perceived treatment of women, its mixing of sexual comedy with high tragedy, and its legitimacy as an examination of the Holocaust. The items in the casebook are divided into three sections: Sexual Politics, Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, and Silence. Contributors include Pearl K. Bell, Gloria Steinem, Carolyn A. Durham, Barbara T. Lupack, Richard L. Rubenstein, Cynthia Ozick, Bertram Wyatt-Brown, and Elie Wiesel. The collection is framed by a foreword and an afterword, both by Styron. This casebook will be useful to teachers, students, and scholars; it brings together important commentaries on Sophie's Choice, focuses discussion on key themes and issues, and argues for the central place of the novel in late twentieth-century literature.

Conversations with William Styron

James L. W. West. Why I Wrote Sophie's Choice Michel Braudeau / 1981 From L'
Express , 28 February 1981 , p . 76. Reprinted with permission . When his first
novel , Lie Down in Darkness , was published , William Styron , born in Virginia in

Author: James L. W. West

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9780878052615

Category: History

Page: 280

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The American novelist discusses literature, his writings, and the role of history in fiction


The epigram by Andre Malraux that William Styron employs to open Sophie's
Choice presents the problem of the novel succinctly: "I seek that essential region
of the soul where absolute evil confronts brotherhood," except that Malraux uses

Author: David Hadaller

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838636336

Category: Social Science

Page: 218

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In this book, author David Hadaller postulates that fictive gynicide as a ritual sacrifice of women occurs in the novels of William Styron as a means of revealing the very nature of social systems of oppression and dehumanization. Women are victimized, and Styron unflinchingly records their suffering to bring their voices out of the silences that have marginalized them. As such, Peyton Loftis in Lie Down in Darkness may be among the quintessential American heroines produced by male authors, because Styron articulated through her the angst of twentieth-century America. The other female voices in Styron's ensuing three major novels are violated, both physically and psychologically, by those men and women who, wittingly or unwittingly, enforce the structures of a pervasive patriarchal social consensus. The most egregious example is that of Sophie Zawistowska in Sophie's Choice, whose roles as Aryan dream girl, dutiful housewife, and sexy "survivor" eventually lead to her desperate suicide. Gynicide and psychogynicide are Hadaller's terms for the deaths female characters suffer as a result of the interplay of social forces in Styron's fictive discourses. Based upon the work of M. M. Bakhtin, Hadaller's rigorous and systematic evaluation of the important female characters in Styron's major works explores how women are silenced both by suicide and by male violence in the form of gynicide. Hadaller employs feminist dialogics, a method that is particularly useful in examining both gynicide and its variant psychogynicide, a psychic death-in-life. Feminist dialogics concentrates on those women who are forced by patriarchy into submissive roles either by brute force or by social coercion or both. The four major novels of William Styron present the reader with a carnival of voices that are nonetheless engaged in a serious, often fatal, polemic with the overwhelmingly patriarchal society that defines and manipulates them. Hadaller explores in detail Styron's well-known and successful narratives, but Set This House on Fire is especially reexamined in terms of recent critical assumptions that find the novel to be a work of understated power and complexity. The Confessions of Nat Turner is similarly reapproached as a tour de force that is itself a study of the rigid structures of the patriarchal American slave economy. Hadaller's study reveals the depth of understanding Styron brings to his presentation of women in each of his narratives, but also challenges those critics who would falsely label Styron a misogynist.

The Achievement of William Styron

Sophie's. Choices. Sophie Zawistowska, just beginning to recover from the
horrors of Auschwitz, was returning home from work ... 1 Sophie's Choice is filled
with nightmares of both the daylight and nighttime worlds, but, except for the
climactic ...

Author: Robert K. Morris

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820332593

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

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The publication of Sophie's Choice, one of William Styron's greatest literary achievements, generated a new spark in the critical discussion of the author and is the main emphasis of the interview with Styron and one of the additional essays in this revised edition. The interview was conducted by Robert K. Morris; the essay on Sophie's Choice by Richard Pearce. Other essays include Jane Flanders on Styron's southern myth, Philip W. Leon on Styron's narrative technique, and Ardner R. Cheshire, Jr., and Mary S. Strine on The Confessions of Nat Turner. Originally published in 1975, The Achievement of William Styron was the first collection of critical essays on one of America's most distinguished contemporary fiction writers, and it has become a standard work. Essays from the original edition which are included in this revised edition are those by the editors, and by Louis D. Rubin, Jr., John O. Lyons, Jan B. Gordon, Robert Phillips, and George Core.

Crisis and Covenant

52 Sophie's Choice, while capitalizing on the Holocaust fad, if one may use that
term, raises a serious problem. It may well be the case that Styron accomplishes
in the literary world what the so-called revisionists— the falsifiers and deniers of ...

Author: Alan L. Berger

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791496449

Category: History

Page: 234

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Reader s Guide to Literature in English

the early work in light of the revelations of Sophie's Choice. He notes that Styron's
work has “clearly matured” and “because he demonstrates in Sophie's Choice
exactly how the maturation took place, he has allowed us to return to his first ...

Author: Mark Hawkins-Dady

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135314179

Category: Reference

Page: 1010

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Reader's Guide Literature in English provides expert guidance to, and critical analysis of, the vast number of books available within the subject of English literature, from Anglo-Saxon times to the current American, British and Commonwealth scene. It is designed to help students, teachers and librarians choose the most appropriate books for research and study.

Transforming the Rebel Self Quest Patterns in Fiction by William Styron Flannery O Connor and Bobbie Ann Mason

A Quest For Some Unnamable Prize ” : William Styron's Sophie's Choice In The
Search for Selfhood in Modern Literature , Murray Roston identifies origins for the
loss of self - identity in the twentieth century . The introduction of new armaments

Author: Sharon Therese Nemeth

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783631609835

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 152

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Originally written as the author's dissertation.

Have You Seen

Sophie's. Choice. (1982). William. Styron died this week (November 2006), and I
suspect that many people were reminded of that long passage in the film of his
Sophie's Choice in which Meryl Streep's white lace face presides over a dark ...

Author: David Thomson

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141926589

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1024

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This is possibly the most entertaining, surprising and enjoyable film book ever written. Thomson set himself the near-foolhardy task of writing one page each on 1000 of the films that he has particularly liked – or in some cases, abhorred. Some half-million words of funny, vigorous, wayward prose later, we are all the happy beneficiaries of his deranged labour. Always unexpected, never repetitive, ‘Have You Seen...?’ can be read consecutively – from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein to Zabriskie Point – or dipped into over many years, and it is a masterclass in how to write about films and how to love them. Sometimes Thomson will be interested in the director, sometimes in the culture that made such a film possible at such a time, sometimes in the stars (always in the stars, to be honest), and sometimes even in the outrageous cynicism and corruption of most financial backers. ‘Have You Seen...?’ is crammed with great love stories, westerns, musicals, war stories, comedies, and dramas. It is as in awe of film noir as of silent farce, and adores Hollywood but also favours British, Japanese and European cinema: camp disasters, kitsch and pretention hold no fears. If Thomson has a bottom line it is his incredulity that so much that is so enjoyable and moving and worthwhile was ever made at all – and that thanks to DVD we can now watch it forever. ‘Have You Seen...?’ will redirect how you spend your evenings for the rest of your life – for the better.

A Perfect Moral Storm

In his novel Sophie's Choice, William Styron tells the tragic tale of Sophie, a
mother who is put in a situation where she must choose between saving one of
her children or submitting both to be killed by the Nazis. Sophie chooses to save
her ...

Author: Stephen M. Gardiner

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199910456

Category: Philosophy

Page: 512

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Climate change is arguably the great problem confronting humanity, but we have done little to head off this looming catastrophe. In The Perfect Moral Storm, philosopher Stephen Gardiner illuminates our dangerous inaction by placing the environmental crisis in an entirely new light, considering it as an ethical failure. Gardiner clarifies the moral situation, identifying the temptations (or "storms") that make us vulnerable to a certain kind of corruption. First, the world's most affluent nations are tempted to pass on the cost of climate change to the poorer and weaker citizens of the world. Second, the present generation is tempted to pass the problem on to future generations. Third, our poor grasp of science, international justice, and the human relationship to nature helps to facilitate inaction. As a result, we are engaging in willful self-deception when the lives of future generations, the world's poor, and even the basic fabric of life on the planet is at stake. We should wake up to this profound ethical failure, Gardiner concludes, and demand more of our institutions, our leaders and ourselves. "This is a radical book, both in the sense that it faces extremes and in the sense that it goes to the roots." --Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "The book's strength lies in Gardiner's success at understanding and clarifying the types of moral issues that climate change raises, which is an important first step toward solutions." --Science Magazine "Gardiner has expertly explored some very instinctual and vitally important considerations which cannot realistically be ignored. --Required reading." --Green Prophet "Gardiner makes a strong case for highlighting and insisting on the ethical dimensions of the climate problem, and his warnings about buck-passing and the dangerous appeal of moral corruptions hit home." --Times Higher Education "Stephen Gardiner takes to a new level our understanding of the moral dimensions of climate change. A Perfect Moral Storm argues convincingly that climate change is the greatest moral challenge our species has ever faced - and that the problem goes even deeper than we think." --Peter Singer, Princeton University

Literary Brooklyn

The Shadow ofthe War william styron and sophie's choice On the evening of May
, , William Styron wrote to his father, “I am writing this letter from my new home in
—you wouldn't believe it—Brooklyn.” He was twenty-four years old ...

Author: Evan Hughes

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 1429973064

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

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For the first time, here is Brooklyn's story through the eyes of its greatest storytellers. Like Paris in the twenties or postwar Greenwich Village, Brooklyn today is experiencing an extraordinary cultural boom. In recent years, writers of all stripes—from Jhumpa Lahiri, Jennifer Egan, and Colson Whitehead to Nicole Krauss and Jonathan Safran Foer—have flocked to its patchwork of distinctive neighborhoods. But as literary critic and journalist Evan Hughes reveals, the rich literary life now flourishing in Brooklyn is part of a larger, fascinating history. With a dynamic mix of literary biography and urban history, Hughes takes us on a tour of Brooklyn past and present and reveals that hiding in Walt Whitman's Fort Greene Park, Hart Crane's Brooklyn Bridge, the raw Williamsburg of Henry Miller's youth, Truman Capote's famed house on Willow Street, and the contested streets of Jonathan Lethem's Boerum Hill is the story of more than a century of life in America's cities. Literary Brooklyn is a prismatic investigation into a rich literary inheritance, but most of all it's a deep look into the beloved borough, a place as diverse and captivating as the people who walk its streets and write its stories.