[Marxism] Fwd: The Literary Battle for Nat Turner’s Legacy | Vanity Fair

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Aug 9 06:20:59 MDT 2016

Murray was a gentleman critic of the old school. Others were less 
polite. Styron came under attack at public panels and events. Dissenting 
reviews and commentaries were collected in a book, William Styron’s Nat 
Turner: Ten Black Writers Respond. The contributors had tallied up the 
many liberties he had taken. Nat Turner’s sermons rang false to scholars 
who had studied church rhetoric from the era. The doubts and indecision 
Styron imputes to Turner had no factual basis. And why would Turner lust 
after a young white woman when there was evidence he was married? Styron 
himself, despite the support he would receive from important writers and 
academics, would later summarize the verdict against him. He’d written 
“one long hysterical polemic from beginning to end: I’m a racist, a 
distorter of history, a defamer of black people, a traducer of the 
heroic image of ‘our’ Nat Turner.”


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