Alexandra Styron is the author of the memoir Reading My Father, which explores the life of William Styron, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist whose midlife battle with major depression was searingly chronicled in his own memoir Darkness Visible. As Styron’s youngest child, Alexandra was raised under both the halo of her father’s brilliance and the long shadow of his troubled mind. Her book has won acclaim for its even-handed portrayal of a man whose literary accomplishments were as prodigious as his personal failings. Synthesizing discoveries made in her father’s Duke University archives with her own memories, Reading My Father offers a vivid look at the experiences that shaped William Styron’s life and his novels: the death of his mother; his precocious success with Lie Down in Darkness; his military service and his early loves.
Styron is also the author of the novel All the Finest Girls. Shorter work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal. She currently teaches memoir writing in the MFA program at Hunter College.
Reading My Father (2011)