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  • He returned a $1 million advance to write a book on the O.J. Simpson murder trial, expressing disgust that the former football star had been acquitted.

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  • Since so much of what we know about Styron comes from "Darkness Visible," the wrenchingly powerful account he wrote of his struggle with clinical depression, this volume has the additional virtue of broadening our picture of him to reveal an attractive figure — when he was not struggling with the terrible affliction that nearly extinguished him.

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