William Golding: The Man who Wrote Lord of the Flies

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Faber & Faber, Oct 18, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 592 pages
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William Golding was born in 1911 and educated at his local grammar school and Brasenose College, Oxford. He published a volume of poems in 1934 and during the war served in the Royal Navy. Afterwards he returned to being a schoolmaster in Salisbury. Lord of the Flies, his first novel, was an immediate success, and was followed by a series of remarkable novels, including The Inheritors, Pincher Martin and The Spire. He won the Booker Prize for Rites of Passage in 1980, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983, and was knighted in 1988. He died in 1993.

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User Review  - Rose - Goodreads

Fascinating biography of a very private man. There are some very interesting insights into his creative process but sometimes feels a little distant. Read full review

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User Review  - Brian Huskie - Goodreads

Not necessarily the point of the book, but an interesting look at compulsory education in the early to mid 20th century. Really interesting read. Read full review

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John Carey is Emeritus Merton Professor of English at Oxford University, a distinguished critic, reviewer and broadcaster, and the author of several books, including studies of Donne, Dickens and Thackeray, as well as The Intellectuals and the Masses. He is the editor of Faber anthologies of Reportage, Utopias and Science. His most recent book, What Good are the Arts?, was praised by Blake Morrison as 'incisive and inspirational.'

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