William Golding


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Golding: William (Nobel Peace Prize for Literature 1983)

Born: 19 September 1911, Newquay, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Died: 19 June 1993, Perranarworthal, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Lord of the Flies was Golding’s first novel and in it he sets out his theme for future books exploring the struggle between good and evil. He was a teacher and drew his inspiration from the boys he taught. In his private notes which were only published after his death, Golding admits to being a bully when he was at school and to also manipulating his pupils recording the results in Lord of the Flies. His writing is filled with symbolism


“What a man does defiles him, not what is done by others.”
“My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder.”


  • Lord of the Flies
  • The Double Tongue
  • Rites of Passage (Booker McConnell Prize 1980)
  • Pincher Martin
  • Free Fall
  • The Pyramid