Many attacked Styron’s treatment of Turner’s sexuality, specifically his lust for a virginal young white woman, which was a major theme of the novel. Historian Lerone Bennett, Jr. took Styron to task for “using the white woman as bait,” in “page after page of squirming white buttocks, ‘bare white full round hips’ and ‘milky white legs and arms,’” and others in the volume excoriated Styron for the predatory lustfulness suggested by Turner’s character.
When a white author wrote a slave narrative novel in 1967, black writers were outraged
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Literary fiction is such a racket. Kyle Onstott was ripped as a pulp hack for such digressions in Mandingo, while Styron is praised as some sort of genius. What NYC crony clique BS.