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The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron

The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron

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The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron is a 428-page hardcover published in 1967 by Random House, New York.  Stated Book Club Edition.  The dust jacket has some shelf wear and closed tearing along the top edge.  Inside, light bumping to the spine.  Else, the pages are in good condition and the binding is tight.

Book Summary

In the late summer of 1831, in a remote section of southeastern Virginia, there took place the only effective, sustained revolt in the annals of American Negro slavery...

The revolt was led by a remarkable negro preacher named Nat Turner, an educated slave who felt himself divinely ordained to annihilate all the white people in the region.

The Confessions of Nat Turner is narrated by Nat himself as he lingers in jail through the cold autumnal days before his execution.  The compelling story ranges over the whole of Nat's life, reaching its inevitable and shattering climax that bloody day in August.

The Confessions of Nat Turner is not only a masterpiece of storytelling; it also reveals in unforgettable human terms the agonizing essence of Negro slavery.  Through the mind of a slave, William Styron has re-created a catastrophic event, and dramatized the intermingled miseries and frustrations--and hopes--which caused this extraordinary black man to rise up out of the early mists of our history and strike down those who had held his people in bondage. 

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number:  67-12732 

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