William Styron died the other day. There is an interesting article about him and his work at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Styron and a really great quote by him.
"A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted. You should live several lives while reading it."
He certainly gave us some great books; Sophie's Choice, Lie Down in Darkness, The Confessions of Nat Turner, etc.