Rachel: Your point is well taken. Paris Review recently posted an early interview with Styron: https://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/5114/william-styron-the-art-of-fiction-no-5-william-styron Here’s what he said about his working method when he was 28: I like to stay up late at night and get drunk and sleep late. I wish I could break the habit but I can’t. The afternoon is the only time I have left and I try to use it to the best advantage, with a hangover. So before his crisis in the 1980s, he was no doubt drinking a lot to deal with his chronic anxiety. To go from bartenders to psychiatrists was a natural move for him.