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From the Vault 509: The Confessions of Nat Turner

This week on From the Vault, with special guest host Joanne Griffith, we reprise our 1968 conversation between Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Styron, actor Ossie Davis and writer James Baldwin on Styron's attempt to make his novelThe Confessions of Nat Turner into a film. Written in 1967 after years of research, The Confessions of Nat Turnerweaves fiction into the life Nat Turner, an African American who led a rebellion against slave owners in August of 1831. The novel would immediately draw criticism from Black writers and intelligentsia for Styron's lack of understanding of the slave experience and misrepresenting one of the heroes of the slave era. Despite this outrage, the book would go on to win the 1968 Pulitzer Prize.

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