Styron, William Clark, Jr.
- Ann T. Keene
Styron, William Clark, Jr. (11 June 1925–1 Nov. 2006), writer, was born in Newport News, Virginia to William C. Styron, Sr., a naval engineer, and Pauline Abraham Styron, a classical singer and voice teacher. An only child he grew up in comfortable circumstances in the nearby community of Hilton Village, on the James River. Newport News was part of Tidewater Virginia, an area settled by his father’s family in the early eighteenth century. The river was an important part of young Styron’s life, and he spent time near or on it as much as possible, becoming an expert sailor as he grew older. He was far less attracted to study. Following his mother’s death when he was a young teenager, he was sent to board at Christchurch, an Episcopal prep school in Middlesex County....