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Author Styron Out of Hospital

December 4, 2000

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Styron was released Monday from a hospital where he spent the night after complaining he was feeling tired.

Styron, 75, was hospitalized for a month earlier this year for treatment of depression and pneumonia. He was admitted to Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital on Sunday and was released Monday afternoon.

The Virginia-born author of ``Sophie’s Choice″ and ``Lie Down in Darkness″ had stayed up late on Saturday after speaking at a Library of Virginia event honoring him for his life’s work.

``He just overdid it and we were concerned. We just wanted to be careful,″ said his son, Thomas Styron.

``He was tired and feeling like he was having difficulty getting out of bed, and his blood pressure dropped some when he stood up,″ the younger Styron said.

The hospital would not comment on Styron’s condition Monday.

Styron won the Pulitzer Prize in 1967 for his historical novel ``The Confessions of Nat Turner.″

He described his struggle with depression in the 1992 memoir ``Darkness Visible.″

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