Set This House on Fire
William Clark Styron
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“One of the finest novels of our times.” —The San Francisco Chronicle
Set This House on Fire is a story of evil and redemption involving three American men whose paths converge on a film shoot in Italy at the close of the 1940s. Shortly after Peter Leverett meets Mason Flagg in a small Italian village, a woman is found raped and murdered. The investigation soon centers on the mysterious circumstances involving Mason and an alcoholic painter named Cass Kinsolving. Peter’s attempts to uncover the true events of that fateful night will reveal the profound wickedness of one man and lead another on a path to absolution. This novel features the rich prose, penetrating psychological insight, and moral complexity that define Styron’s works. Haunting and provocative, Set This House on Fire is a riveting exploration of sin and atonement set against the lushly crafted backdrops of Europe and the American South. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.
“Immediately impressive.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Hair-raising.” —The Atlantic
“Rich, detailed, extremely powerful.” —Library Journal
William Styron (1925–2006), born in Newport News, Virginia, was one of the greatest American writers of his generation. Styron published his first book, Lie Down in Darkness, at age twenty-six and went on to write such influential works as the controversial and Pulitzer Prize–winning The Confessions of Nat Turner and the international bestseller Sophie’s Choice.