Checklist of Writings

Checklist of Writings

The listings below are presented in the customary bibliographical fashion: Section A consists of first American editions; Section B gives first-appearance contributions to books; Section C presents appearances in periodicals and newspapers. British editions and translations are not recorded, nor are anthology reprints or interviews (which are legion). Corrigenda and addenda are very much solicited from users of these listings.


Listed below are first American editions for Styron’s book-length publications. 

Lie Down in Darkness.  Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1951.  400 pp.  Novel.

The Long March.  New York: Random House, 1956.  vi, 122 pp.  Modern Library Paperback.  Novella.  Published first in discovery, no. 1 (February 1953): 221-83.  See Section C.

Set This House on Fire.  New York: Random House, 1960.  x, 510 pp.  Novel.

The Confessions of Nat Turner.  New York: Random House, 1967.  xvi, 430 pp.  Novel.

In the Clap Shack.  New York: Random House, 1973.  x, 102 pp.  Play.

Sophie’s Choice.  New York: Random House, 1979.  x, 518 pp.  Novel.

This Quiet Dust and Other Writings.  New York: Random House, 1982.  xii, 308 pp.  Expanded edition, New York: Vintage, 1993. xiv, 354 pp.  The expanded edition adds six items and substitutes a later memoir of James Jones for the memoir in the 1982 edition.  See Section C.  Nonfiction.

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness.  New York: Random House, 1990.  x, 86 pp.  Autobiography.

A Tidewater Morning: Three Tales from Youth.  New York: Random House, 1993.  xiv, 146 pp.  Short fiction.

Inheritance of Night: Early Drafts of Lie Down in Darkness.  Preface by William Styron.  Ed. James L. W. West III.  Durham and London: Duke University Press, 1993.  xx, 140 pp.  The ur-version of Styron’s first novel; facsimiles of the surviving typescripts.

Havanas in Camelot: Personal Essays.  New York: Random House, 2008.  x, 166 pp.  Nonfiction.

Letters to My Father, ed. James L. W. West III.  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2009. xxxii, 238 pp. Southern Literary Studies series.

The Suicide Run: Five Tales of the Marine Corps.  New York: Random House, 2009. x, 200 pp.

Selected Letters of William Styron, ed. Rose Styron and R. Blakeslee Gilpin.  New York: Random House, 2012.  xxvi,  676 pp.

My Generation: Collected Nonfiction, ed. James L. W. West III; foreword by Tom Brokaw.  New York: Random House, 2015.  xviii, 632 pp.



This list concentrates on first-appearance items.  Writings reprinted from earlier appearances in periodicals or elsewhere are listed selectively, according to their importance in Styron’s career.  Most anthologies and textbooks are omitted.

One and Twenty: Duke Narrative and Verse, 1924-1945, selected by William Blackburn.  Designed and illustrated by pupils of Claire Leighton.  Durham: Duke University Press, 1945.  Contains two stories by Styron: “Autumn,” pp. 36-53 and “The Long Dark Road,” pp. 266-80, both reprinted from earlier appearances in The Archive, the Duke undergraduate literary journal.

American Vanguard, ed. Don M. Wolfe.  Ithaca and New York: Cornell University Press, 1948.  Contains Styron’s story “A Moment in Trieste,” written in Hiram Haydn’s fiction seminar at the New School.

1950 American Vanguard: A Collection of Short Stories, ed. Charles I. Glicksberg.  New York: Cambridge Publishing Company, 1950.  Contains Styron’s story “The Enormous Window,” also written in Haydn’s seminar at the New School.

New Voices: American Writing Today, ed. Don M. Wolfe.  Garden City, New York: Permabooks, 1953.  Contains Styron’s story “A Moment in Trieste,” reprinted from its appearance in the 1948 American Vanguard, listed above.

The Best Short Stories of World War II: An American Anthology, ed. Charles A. Fenton.  New York: Viking Press, 1957.  Contains The Long March, reprinted from its appearance in discovery (February 1953).

Best Short Stories from The Paris Review.  New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1959.  Contains Styron’s introduction.

The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook, ed. Beryl Barr and Barbara Turner Sachs.  Sausalito, California: Contact Editions, 1961.  Contains Styron’s recipe “Southern Fried Chicken (with Giblet Gravy).”

Under Twenty-five: Duke Narrative and Verse, 1945-1962, ed. William Blackburn.  Durham: Duke University Press, 1963.  Contains Styron’s introduction.

The Four Seasons.  University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1965.  Boxed set of four etchings by Harold Altman.  With an introduction by Styron.

Double Exposure.  New York: Delacorte, 1966.  Photographs by Roddy McDowall.  Includes Styron’s prose sketch “Lillian Hellman.”

Authors Take Sides on Vietnam, ed. Cecil Woolf and John Bagguley.  London: Peter Owen, 1967.  Includes a statement by Styron on p. 70.

Encyclopedia Britannica.  Chicago: William Benton, 1972.  Volume 22 contains Styron’s entry for Nat Turner, p. 413.

Self-Portrait: Book People Picture Themselves, from the collection of Burt Britton.  New York: Random House, 1976.  Includes Styron’s self-portrait on p. 11.

A Death in Canaan, by Joan Barthel.  New York: E. P. Dutton and Co., 1976.  With an introduction by Styron.

William Styron: A Descriptive Bibliography, by James L. W. West III.  Boston: G. K. Hall and Co., 1977.  Preface by Styron.

Duke Encounters, ed. Elizabeth H. Locke.  Durham: Duke University Office of Publications, 1977.  Includes Styron’s untitled memoir of William Blackburn, pp. 77-80.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.

Peter Matthiessen: A Bibliography, 1951-1979.  Compiled by D. Nicholas.  Canoga Park, California: Orirana Press, 1979.  Contains an introduction by Styron.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.

The Wheat and the Chaff, by Francois Mitterrand.  New York: Seaver Books, 1982.  With an introduction by Styron.  Collected in the expanded edition of This Quiet Dust.

Conversations with William Styron.  Compiled by James L. W. West III and W. Pierre Jacoebee.  Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1985.  Foreword by Styron.

Donald S. Klopfer: An Appreciation.  New York: Random House, 1987.  Contains a memoir of Klopfer by Styron.  Privately printed.

The View from Space: American Astronbaut Photography, 1962-1972, by Ron Schick and Julia Van Haaften.  New York: C. N. Potter, 1988.  Foreword by Styron.

The Human Experience: Contemporary American and Soviet Fiction and Poetry.  New York: Knopf, 1989.  Includes a foreword by Styron.

William Styron’s Sophie’s Choice: Crime and Self-Punishment, by Rhoda Sirlin.  Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1990.  Foreword by Styron.

To Reach Eternity: The Letters of James Jones, ed. George Hendrick.  New York: Random House, 1989.  With a foreword by Styron. Collected in the expanded edition of This Quiet Dust.

Doing Justice: A Trial Judge at Work, by Robert Satter.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 1990.  Introduction by Styron.

Arthur Miller and Company, ed. Christopher Bigsby.  Norwich, UK: Arthur Miller Centre for American Studies, 1990.  Sketch of Miller by Styron.

Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, Ninth Series, ed. George Plimpton.  New York: Viking Press, 1992.  With an introduction by Styron.

Writers Dreaming: 25 Writers Talk about Their Dreams and the Creative Process, ed. Naomi Epel.  New York: Carol Southern Books, 1993.  Styron’s contribution is on pp. 270-79.

No Beast So Fierce, by Edward Bunker.  New York: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Books, 1993.  Introduction by Styron.

First Words, ed. Paul Mandelbaum.  Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 1993.  Reprints a poem written by Styron during his year at Davidson.

The Rushdie Letters, ed. Steve MacDonogh.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993.  Contains comments by Styron on Rushdie.

The Face of Mercy: A Photographic History of Medicine at War, by Matthew Naythons.  New York: Random House, 1993.  Prologue by Styron.

Fathers and Daughters, by Mariana Cook.  Photographs.  San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1994.  Contains an introduction by Styron.

Dying without God: Francois Mitterrand’s Meditations on Living and Dying, by Franz-Olivier Giesbert.  New York: Arcade Publishing, 1998.  Introduction by Styron.

In Solitude and in Company: The Writing of William Styron.  Durham, N.C.: William R. Perkins Library, 1998.  Catalogue for an exhibit of Styron’s manuscripts and other papers at Duke University.  Contains facsimiles of manuscripts and proofs.

Dead Run: The Untold Story of Dennis Stockton and America’s Only Mass Escape from Death Row, by Joe Jackson and William F. Burke, Jr.  New York: Times Books, 1999.  With an introduction by Styron.

The Education of a Felon: A Memoir, by Edward Bunker.  New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000.  Introduction by Styron.

Novel History: Historians and Novelists Confront America’s Past (and Each Other), ed. Marc C. Carnes.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001.  Includes an exchange between Styron and Eugene D. Genovese.  Styron’s contribution is entitled “More Confessions.”

Farewell, Godspeed: The Greatest Eulogies of Our Time, ed. Cyrus M. Copeland. New York: Harmony Books, 2003. Includes Styron’s eulogy for Lillian Hellman, pp. 275-77.


This list is selective and omits appearances based on interviews.  The items below are English-language publications only.

“Typhoon and the Tor Bay.”  Unlocated.  Styron published this story, probably some time during 1938 or 1939, in the school newspaper of Morrison High School in Newport News, Va.  No file of that newspaper is known to survive.  Styron described “Typhoon and the Tor Bay” as follows in his 1954 Paris Review interview:

INTERVIEWERS:  You were about to tell us when you started to write.
STYRON:  What?  Oh, yes.  Write.  I figure I must have been about thirteen.  I wrote an imitation Conrad thing, “Typhoon and the Tor Bay” it was called, you know, a ship’s hold swarming with crazy Chinks.  I think I had some sharks in there too.  I gave it the full treatment.

Unlocated writings in the Christchurch Stingaree.  At Christchurch School 1940-1942, Styron published writings in the school newspaper, The Stingaree.  The paper was a do-it-yourself affair for which the students did the writing, cut the stencils, and ran off the copies.  There is no file of The Stingaree at Christchurch for these years.  The only writing from The Stingaree that survives is a satirical sketch entitled “Mr. Smith Goes to Alexandria,” co-authored by Styron and Vincent Canby.  The sketch was republished in The Log 1941 (the Christchurch yearbook.)

NOTE: Scripts ’n Pranks was the student literary and humorous magazine at Davidson; The Davidsonian was the student newspaper.  Complete files survive at Davidson College.

  • “The Terrible Case of Theodore Twaddle’s Hiccups,” Scripts ’n Pranks, 7 (Dec. 1942), 11-12.  Humorous poem.
  • “Writer Tells of Confusion in Migration,” The Davidsonian, 25 Feb. 1943, p.1.  News story.
  • “Birdmen Get Fine Welcome by Local Mob,” The Davidsonian, 11 Mar. 1943, pp. 1, 3.  News story.
  • “Salem, Queens Girls Frolic at ‘Y’ Party,” The Davidsonian, 15 Apr. 1943, p. 1.  News story.
  • “Get All You Can: A Parody in Verse,” Scripts ’n Pranks, 7 (May 1943), 6-7.  Parody of Coleridge, Shakespeare, Shelley, Kipling, and Tennyson.

NOTE: The Archive is the student literary magazine at Duke.

  • “Where the Spirit Is,” The Archive, 57 (Jan. 1944), 2-3, 18-19.  Short story.
  • “The Long Dark Road,” The Archive, 57 (Mar. 1944), 2-4, 16-18.  Short story.
  • “Sun on the River,” The Archive, 58 (Sept. 1944), 12-13.  Short story.
  • Martin Kostler (pseud.), “October Sorrow (Chelsea, Vermont—Fall, 1943),” The Archive, 58 (Sept. 1944), 18.  Poem.  Styron confirmed that the poem was his work.
  • “A Story about Christmas,” The Archive, 58 (Dec. 1944), 6-7, 35, 38-39.  Short story.
  • “Autumn,” The Archive, 58 (Feb. 1945), 6-7, 13-16, 20.  Short story.
  • “This Is My Daughter,” The Archive, 59 (May 1946), 6-7, 20, 22-24.  Short story.
  • “Archie Speaks,” The Archive, 60 (Sept. 1946), 5.  Editorial.  Styron identified this editorial as his work.
  • Untitled review of An Almanac for Moderns, The Archive, 60 (Sept. 1946), 16-17.
  • “The Ducks,” The Archive, 60 (Oct. 1946), 8-10, 21, 23.  Short story.
  • “Sketches,” The Archive, 60 (Oct. 1946), 16-17.  Character sketch of Newman Ivy White, Duke faculty member.
  • “Sketches,” The Archive, 60 (Dec. 1946), 12-13, 30.  Character sketch of Joseph Banks Rhine, Duke faculty member.
  • “A Moment in Trieste,” American Vanguard (1948), 241-47.   Short story.
  • “The Enormous Window,” American Vanguard (1950), 71-89.  Short story.
  • “William Styron,” New York Herald Tribune Book Review, 7 Oct. 1951, p. 26.  Autobiographical sketch.
  • “Lie Down in Darkness,” Omnibook Best-Seller Magazine, 14 (Jan. 1952).  69-116. Abridgement of the novel.
  • “Long March,” discovery, no. 1 (Feb. 1953), 221-83.  The first appearance in print of the novella.
  • “Letter to an Editor,” The Paris Review, 1 (Spring 1953), 9-13.  Essay-length letter; statement of purpose for the journal.
  • “The Prevalence of Wonders,” Nation, 2 May 1953, pp. 370-71.  Contribution to a symposium on creativity.
  • “The Paris Review,” Harper’s Bazaar, 87 (Aug. 1953), 122-23, 173.  On the founding of the journal.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • “Novel, Far From Dead, Is Very Much Alive,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, 29 Nov. 1953, p. 14.  On the future of novel-writing.
  • “If You Write for Television …,” New Republic, 140 (6 Apr. 1959), 16.  Essay-length letter; on the TV version of The Long March.
  • “Set This House on Fire,” Esquire, June 1959, p. 128 ff.  Excerpt from Set This House on Fire.    
  • “The McCabes,” The Paris Review, Autumn-Winter 1959-1960, pp. 12-28.  Excerpt from Set This House on Fire.
  • “Home from St. Andrews,” Esquire, May 1960, p. 147 ff.  Excerpt from Set This House on Fire.  
  • “Mrs. Aadland’s Little Girl, Beverly,” Esquire, Nov. 1961, pp. 142, 189-91.  Article on Florence Aadland and Tedd Thomey, The Big Love, a Hollywood tell-all book.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
    “The Death-in-Life of Benjamin Reid,” Esquire, Feb. 1962, pp. 114, 141-145.  On capital punishment.
  • “As He Lay Dead, a Bitter Grief,” Life, 20 July 1962, pp. 39-42.  On William Faulkner’s funeral.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • “The Aftermath of Benjamin Reid,” Esquire, Nov. 1962, p. 79 ff.  On capital punishment.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • “New Editions,” New York Review of Books, Special Issue, Feb. 1963, p. 43.  Review of Frank Tannenbaum,  Slave and Citizen: The Negro in the Americas.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • “Overcome,” New York Review of Books, 26 Sept. 1963, pp. 18-19.  Review of Herbert Aptheker, American Negro Slave Revolts.
  • “An Elegy for F. Scott Fitzgerald,” New York Review of Books, 28 Nov. 1963, pp. 1-3.  Review of Andrew Turnbull, ed., The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • “The Habit,” New York Review of Books, 26 Dec. 1963, pp. 13-14.  Review of The Consumers Union Report On Smoking and the Public Interest.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • “A Southern Conscience,” New York Review of Books, 2 (2 April 1964), 3.  Book review of Lewis H. Blair, A Southern Prophecy.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • “MacArthur,” New York Review of Books, 8 Oct. 1964, p. 305.  Review of Douglas MacArthur, Reminiscences.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • “Tootsie Rolls,” New York Review of Books, 14 May 1964, pp. 8-9.Review of Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg, Candy.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • “This Quiet Dust,” Harper’s Magazine, 230 (Apr. 1965), 135-46.  On the Nat Turner Rebellion.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • “‘John Fitzgerald Kennedy … As We Remember Him,’” High Fidelity, 16 (Jan. 1966), 38, 40.  Review of a book/record set, John Fitzgerald Kennedy … As We Remember Him, Columbia L2L 1017.
  • “Runaway,” Partisan Review, 33 (Fall 1966), 574-82.  Excerpt from The Confessions of Nat Turner.
  • “Virginia: 1831,” Paris Review, Winter 1966, pp. 13-45.  Excerpt from The Confessions of Nat Turner.
  • “The Confessions of Nat Turner,” Harper’s Magazine, 235 (Sept. 1967), 51-102.  Excerpt from The Confessions of Nat Turner.
  • “Novel’s Climax: The Night of the Honed Axes,” Life, 13 Oct. 1967, pp. 54 ff.  Excerpt from The Confessions of Nat Turner.
  • “Books to Send To a Distant Planet,” New York Times Book Review, 3 Dec. 1967, pp. 2, 96-97.  Responses from Styron and his daughter Susanna are on p. 97.
  • “The Vice That Has No Name,” Harper’s Magazine, 236 (Feb. 1968), 97-100.  Review of B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols, Light on Dark Corners.
  • “The Shade of Thomas Wolfe,” Harper’s Magazine, 236 (Apr. 1968), 96, 98-104.   Review of Andrew Turnbull, Thomas Wolfe.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • “William Styron Replies,” Nation, 206 (22 Apr. 1968).  544-47.  Essay-length letter replying to charges by Herbert Aptheker relating to Nat Turner.
  • “The Oldest America,” McCall’s, 95 (July 1968), 94, 123.  On the Virginia Tidewater region.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • “In the Jungle,” New York Review of Books, 26 Sept. 1968, pp. 11-13.  On the 1968 Democratic Convention, Chicago.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • “My Generation,” Esquire, Oct. 1968, pp. 123-24.  On writers of his generation.
  • “On Creativity,” Playboy, 15 (Dec. 1968), 136-39.  A symposium; Styron’s contribution is on p. 138.
  • “Acceptance by Mr. Styron,” Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Institute of Arts and Letters, 2nd series, no. 21 (1971), pp. 30-32.  Styron’s acceptance speech for the Howells Medal for Fiction, awarded 26 May 1970.
  • Untitled review of James Blake, The JointNew York Times Book Review, 25 April 1971, pp. 1, 10, 12.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • “Marriott, the Marine,” Esquire, Sept. 1971, pp. 101 ff.  Excerpt from The Way of the Warrior.
  • Untitled review of two books:  Richard Hammer, The Court-Martial of Lt. Calley, and John Sack, Lieutenant Calley: His Own Story, New York Times Book Review, 12 Sept. 1971, pp. 1 ff.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • “The Red Badge of Literature,” Washington Monthly, 4 (Mar. 1972), 32-34.  Review of Ronald J. Glasser, 365 Days.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • Untitled review of Neil Sheehan, The Arnheiter Affair, American Scholar, 41 (Summer 1972), 487-90.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • Untitled review of Malcolm Cowley, A Second Flowering: Works and Days of the Lost Generation, New York Times Book Review, 6 May 1973, pp. 8 ff.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • Styron and John Phillips, “Dead!”  Esquire, Dec. 1973, pp. 161 ff.  Co-authored screenplay.
  • “The End of the World, In 20 Words or Less,” Yale Daily News Magazine, 17 Apr. 1974, pp. 18-21.  Facsimile of a Styron letter.
  • “The Suicide Run,” American Poetry Review, 3 (May/June 1974), 20-22.  Excerpt from The Way of the Warrior.
  • “Auschwitz’s Message,” New York Times, 25 June 1974, p. 37.  Op-Ed on the Nazi death camp in Poland.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  • “William Styron’s Afterword to The Long March,” Mississippi Quarterly, 28 (Spring 1975), 185-89.  Afterword to the Norwegian edition of The Long March.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  •  “Presentation to Thomas Pynchon of the Howells Medal for Fiction of the Academy,” Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Institute of Arts and Letters, 2nd series, no. 26 (1976), pp. 43-46.  Styron’s speech on presenting the medal to Thomas Pynchon for Gravity’s Rainbow, 21 May 1975.
  •  “The Seduction of Leslie,” Esquire, Sept. 1976, pp. 92 ff.  Excerpt from Sophie’s Choice.
  •  “An Indulgence of Authors’ Self-Portraits,” Paris Review, Fall 1976.  Styron’s is reproduced on p. 122.
  •  “Fie on Bliss, and You Too, F.A.O. Schwarz,” Potomac, 19 Dec. 1976, pp. 13, 44-45.  On Christmas celebrations.
  •  “The Force of Her Happiness,” The Archive, 89 (Spring 1977), 94-114.  Excerpt from Sophie’s Choice.
  •  “A Friend’s Farewell to James Jones,” New York, 6 June 1977, pp. 40-41.  Memoir of Jones.  Collected in the first edition of This Quiet Dust; replaced with a different reminiscence of Jones in the expanded edition.
  •  “A Farewell to Arms,” New York Review of Books, 23 June 1977, pp. 3-6.  Review of Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  •  “My Life as a Publisher,” Esquire, 14 March 1978, pp. 70-79.  Excerpt from Sophie’s Choice.
  •  “Hell Reconsidered,” New York Review of Books, 29 June 1978, pp. 10-14.  Review of Richard Rubenstein, The Cunning of History.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  •  “Shadrach,” Esquire Fortnightly, 21 November 1978, pp. 82 ff.  Short story.  Collected in A Tidewater Morning.
  •  “Race Is the Plague of Civilization: An Author’s View,” U.S. News and World Report, 28 January 1980, pp. 65-66.  Statement on racism.
  •  “Almost a Rhodes Scholar,” South Atlantic Bulletin, 45 (May 1980), 1-7.  Memoir of competing for a Rhodes Scholarship during his senior year at Duke. Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  •  “Perennial Fear,” New York Times, 7 June 1981, p. 21.  On warfare.
  •  “Honored Virginian Honors Virginia,” Newport News Times-Herald, 18 July 1981, p. 7.  Acceptance speech for the Virginian of the Year award.
  •  “A Leader Who Prefers Writers to Politicians,” Boston Globe, 26 July 1981, pp. A21, 24.  On the inauguration of Mitterrand.  Collected in Havanas in Camelot.
  •  “In the Southern Camp,” New York Review of Books, 13 August 1981, pp. 24-26.  Review of C. Vann Woodward, ed., Mary Chesnut’s Civil War.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  •  “William Styron’s Nile Diary,” Geo, 3 (September 1981), 10-24.  Record of a trip on the Nile.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  •  “Recollections,” Hartford Courant Magazine, 3 January 1982, pp. 4-9.  Account of the composition of Lie Down in Darkness.  Collected in This Quiet Dust.
  •  “The Short Classy Voyage of JFK,” Esquire, December 1983, pp. 124 ff.  Memoir.
  •  “Children of a Brief Sunshine,” Architectural Digest, March 1984, pp. 32 ff.  Article on Shirley, the antebellum Virginia mansion on the James River.
  •  “Historic Houses: Thomas Wolfe Remembered,” Architectural Digest, October 1984, pp. 194-200.  Article on Wolfe’s childhood home in Asheville, N.C.
  •  “In Celebration of Capote,” Vanity Fair, December 1984, pp. 120-22.  Memoir of TC.  Collected in Havanas in Camelot.
  •  “Love Day,” Esquire, August 1985, pp. 94-105.  Short story.  An abbreviated version is collected in A Tidewater Morning.
  •  “Cigarette Ads and the Press,” Nation, 7 March 1987, pp. 283 ff.  Statements by Styron and others on advertisements for tobacco products.
  •  “In the Hours before Hiroshima,” The Archive, 99 (Spring 1987), 22-29.  A section from The Way of the Warrior, in progress.
  •  “Saipan: July 1945,” Paris Review, 1987, pp. 16-29.  From The Way of the Warrior.
  •  “Death Row,” New York Times, 10 May 1987, p. 25E.  Op-ed, on Shabaka Sundiata Waglini.  Reprinted New York Times, 30 September 1990, sect. 4A, p. 2.  Collected in the expanded edition of This Quiet Dust.
  •  “Virginia Foster Durr,” Esquire, June 1987, p. 161.  Memoir of the civil rights pioneer.
  •  “A Tidewater Morning,” Esquire, August 1987, pp. 85 ff.  Short story.  Collected in A Tidewater Morning.
  •  “Blankenship,” Papers on Language and Literature, 23 (Fall 1987), 430-48.  Short story, originally composed in 1953.  Special Styron issue of this journal.
  •  “Jimmy in the House,” New York Times Book Review, 20 December 1987, p. 30.  Memoir of James Baldwin.  Collected in Havanas in Camelot.
  •  “Family Album,” Paris Review, Spring 1988, pp. 269-87.  Photographs with commentary.
  •  “Farbar: The Crime and the Punishment,” Esquire, September 1988, p. 154.  Short article.
  •  “International Books of the Year,” Times Literary Supplement, 2-8 December 1988, p. 1342.  Statement of praise for Roy Gutman, Banana Diplomacy.
  •  “Why Primo Levi Need Not Have Died,” New York Times, 19 December 1988, p. A17.  Op-Ed on depression.  Collected in the expanded edition of This Quiet Dust.
  •  “A Literary Friendship,” Esquire, April 1989, pp. 154 ff.  On James Jones.  Collected in the expanded edition of This Quiet Dust, where it replaces an earlier 1977 memoir of Jones.
  •  “The Distant Shaw,” Vanity Fair, August 1989, pp. 48 ff.  Memoir of Irwin Shaw.
  •  “A Voice from the South,” Sewanee Review, 97 (Fall 1989), 512-24.  Memoir of his grandmother.  Collected in the expanded edition of This Quiet Dust.
  •  “Darkness Visible,” Vanity Fair, December 1989, pp. 212 ff.  The initial version of Styron’s memoir of depression, later expanded for book publication.
  •  “In Praise of Vineyard Haven,” New York Times Magazine, 15 June 1990, p. 30.  Mood piece on Styron’s summer home.  Collected in Havanas in Camelot.
  •  “Presentation to E. L. Doctorow of the Howells Medal,” Proceedings of the American Academy and National Institute of Arts and Letters, 2nd Series, no. 41 (1990).  Presentation speech.
  •  “Dear Dirty Dublin: My Joycean Trek with Philip Roth,” New York Times Book Review, 9 June 1991, p. 9.   Remarks on presenting the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature to Roth.
  •  “We Weren’t in It for the Money,” Washington Post, 16 July 1991, p. A19.  Styron’s account of his service as a judge for the Turner Tomorrow Award.
  •  “The Wreckage of an American War,” New York Times Book Review, 16 July 1991, p. 71.  Review of Lewis B. Puller, Fortunate Son.  Collected in the expanded edition of This Quiet Dust.
  •  “On William Blackburn and Creative Imagination,” Duke Dialogue, 13 September 1991.  Remarks on his college mentor.
  •  “The Little Pills That Depress,” Newsday, 31 September 1991.  Adapted from a speech on depression.
  •  “Nat Turner Revisited,” American Heritage, 42 (October 1992), 64-73.  On the controversy over The Confessions of Nat Turner.
  •  “Prozac Days, Halcion Nights,” Nation, 4/11 January 1993, pp. 1 ff.  On the Upjohn company.
  •  “The Enduring Metaphors of Auschwitz and Hiroshima,” Newsweek, 11 January 1993, pp. 28-29.  On the aftermath of World War II.
  •  “‘An Interior Pain That Is All but Indescribable,’” Newsweek, 18 April 1994, pp. 52-53.  On depression.
  •  “Slavery’s Pain, Disney’s Gain,” New York Times, 4 August 1994, p. A23.  Op-Ed on Disney’s plans for a Civil War theme park.  Collected in Havanas in Camelot.
  •  “Too Big for Disney,” Washington Post, 16 August 1994, p. A19.  Editorial on the proposed Disney theme park.
  •  Untitled statement by Styron about Brown v. Board of EducationAmerican Heritage, 45 (December 1994), 84.
  •  “‘I’ll Have to Ask Indianapolis,’” Traces (Indiana Historical Society), 7 (Spring 1995), 5-12.  On the expurgation of Lie Down in Darkness in 1951.  Collected in Havanas in Camelot.
  •  Untitled statement about Adventures of Huckleberry FinnNew Yorker, 26 June-3 July 1995, pp. 132-33.  A longer version is collected in Havanas in Camelot.
  •  “The Writer in a Mean and Dogmatic Time,” Confrontation: A Literary Journal of Long Island University.  No. 56/57 (Summer/Fall 1995), 15-20.  Styron’s acceptance speech for the 27th Annual Literary Award of the National Arts Club, New York City, delivered 1 February 1995.
  • “Last-Minute Pleas,” New Yorker, 14 August 1995, p. 26.  Statement on Mumia Abu-Jamal.
  • “The Book on Lolita,” New Yorker, 4 September 1995, p. 33.  On the rejection of Lolita at Random House.
  • “A Case of the Great Pox,” New Yorker, 18 September 1995, pp. 62-75.  On the clap shack experience.  Collected in Havanas in Camelot.
  • “A Horrid Little Racist,” New York Times Magazine, 8 October 1995, pp. 80-81.  Memoir of a youthful transgression.
  • “Transcontinental with Tex,” Paris Review, Spring 1996, pp. 215-26.  Memoir of Terry Southern.  Collected in Havanas in Camelot.
  • “Havanas in Camelot,” Vanity Fair, July 1996, pp. 32-41.  Memoir of John F. Kennedy.  Collected in Havanas in Camelot.
  • “Nat Turner Turns 30,” Boston Globe, 13 April 1997, p. D1.  Statement on the novel and its history of controversy.
  • “Fifty Years of Literary Friendship,” At Random, no. 17 (Spring/Summer 1997), 3.  Memoir of his friendship with Robert Loomis, his editor at Random House.
  • “A Wheel of Evil Come Full Circle: The Making of Sophie’s Choice,” Sewanee Review, 105 (Summer 1997), 395-400.  Account of a friendship with Hannah Arendt and of the composition of the novel.
  • “A Modern Library Juror Fesses Up,” New Yorker, 17 August 1998, pp. 29-30.  On an end-of-the-century  literary contest.  Collected in Havanas in Camelot.
  • “American Dreamers,” George, August 1998, p. 76.  Introduction by Styron: statements by others about various American citizens.
  • Untitled comment on the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal, New Yorker, 12 October 1998, p. 10.
  • “It Cannot Be Long: Remembering a Friend,” Oxford American, September/October 1999, p. 111.  Memoir of Willie Morris.
  • “The Styron Family,” Harper’s Bazaar, June 2000, pp. 124-25.  Photograph with quotations from family members.
  • “C. Vann Woodward: 1908-1999,” Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 51 (2000), 92-95.  Memoir of Woodward.
  • “The William Styron – Donald Harington Letters,” ed. Edwin T. Arnold, Southern Quarterly, 40 (Winter 2002), 99-141.  Selections from the correspondence between the two writers.
  • “Why Great Fiction Will Never Die,” MacDowell Colony Newsletter, 30 (Winter/Spring 2002), 3-7.  Speech on the occasion of presenting the MacDowell Medal to Philip Roth.
  • “Rat Beach,” New Yorker, 20 July 2009.  Taken from “My Father’s House,” which is included in The Suicide Run.