This is a brilliant biography. Haley provides full and thoughful cultural and historical context for his examination of London's life and works. Wolf: The Lives of Jack London gave me a new appreciation of London and his contributions to American life and letters.
In the mode of Susan Cheever's memoir of her father, Styron's work offers a threaded narrative off her life, her father's life, and her research for the memoir. Of course, the most interesting parts have to do with pere Styron, especially his early years of literary success. The daugher's insufficently aknowledged privilege becomes annoying at times. but she's a good writer.
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