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And I gave my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit For in much wisdom is much grief and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow -ECCLESIASTES 117-18 William Clark Styron Jr was born to Pauline and William Clark Styron Sr on June 6 1925 in Newport News VA Pauline was shocked and excited to have given birth to her first-born son with no difficulties at the age of 36 The proud parents immediately took to calling their son by the shorter and sweeter Billy and he was spoiled from the very beginning A sickly baby Billys illnesses only completely subsided when he ceased to suffer from ear infections upon entering college Even in the first grade William Styron showed a love of literature Reading was his favorite subject and her surpassed the levels of his classmates immediately Throughout his early years of schooling Billy excelled in reading did all right in his math classes and showed a general enjoyment of his history courses When he was interested he paid attention and did well On July 20 1939 when Billy was 14 his mother died of cancer Styrons guilt was strong and haunting Many years later when he wrote Sophies Choice the description of the torture his character Stingo goes through after feeling responsible for his mothers demise was created by drawing upon this experience The following year both Styrons grades and his attitude began to deteriorate Having before been a well-liked student by his teachers and well accepted by his comrades Styron started to drink and skip class When he received a report card containing only Cs and Ds William Senior decided to send his namesake away to prep school to complete his secondary education William Styron spent his junior and senior years of high school at Christchurch school just across Urbana Creek from the small town of Urbanna By
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