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  • Published: 17 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099573555
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96

The Long March



'There can be no doubt that Styron is the foremost writer of his generation' Wall Street Journal

In the blaze of a Carolina summer, among the poison ivy and loblolly pines, eight Marines are killed almost casually by misfired mortar shells. Deciding that his battalion has been 'doping off', Colonel Templeton calls for a 36-mile forced march to inculcate discipline. The Long March is a searing account of this ferocious ordeal - and of the two officers who resist.

  • Published: 17 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099573555
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96

About the author

William Styron

Born in Newport News, Virginia, in 1925, William Styron was educated at Duke University. He served in the Marine Corps during the last war, and was recalled to service during the Korean War. After 1952, he lived mainly in Europe, before settling in a rural part of Connecticut.

He is the author of The Long March, Lie Down in Darkness, Set This House on Fire and Sophie's Choice. He has also published Darkness Visible, the remarkable story of his descent into depression, the collection This Quiet Dust and Other Writings, and A Tidewater Morning. William Styron died in 2006.

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