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Children of Light is the fourth published novel by U. S. writer Robert Stone. It was published in 1986.

Children of Light
First edition cover
AuthorRobert Stone
CountryUnited States
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
LC ClassPS3569.T6418 C5 1986[1]
Preceded byA Flag for Sunrise 
Followed byOuterbridge Reach 


In the front matter of the published version of the novel, Stone acknowledges that during the writing of this novel he received assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts and a residency at the Villa Serbelloni.

Portions of this novel were originally published in Esquire, The Paris Review, Playboy, and TriQuarterly.

Brief synopsisEdit

The story tracks the lives of Gordon Walker, a failed playwright in his 40s and modestly successful screenwriter-actor, and his old flame Lee Verger, the stage name of Lu Anne Bourgeois Morgen, a successful actress who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.[2] Gordon, an alcoholic drug addict whose second wife has just left him, goes on location to Mexico where they're filming Walker's screenplay which is an adaptation of Kate Chopin's The Awakening that Lu Anne is starring in. Walker discovers that she has gone off of her medication in an attempt to more fully embody her character.