(Clark) (1925-) US novelist. His novels Lie Down in Darkness 1951, The Confessions of Nat Turner 1967 (Pulitzer Prize), and Sophie’s Choice 1979 (filmed 1982) all won critical and popular acclaim. Confessions caused controversy and protest from black critics for its fictionalization of the leader of a slave revolt in 19th-century Virginia.
Born in Virginia, many of his novels had a Southern setting. He also wrote the short memoir of a descent into depression and madness, Darkness Visible 1991.