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Transcript of William Golding
Known as an English novelist, poet and playwright
Recognized as a Booker Prize Holder and a Nobel Prize laureate for Literature
In 2008, The Times ranked him as third of the "50 greatest British writers since 1945".
His most acclaimed work is The Lord of the Flies (1954).
Died: June 19, 1993 Major Works Poems (1934) - poetry
Lord of the Flies ( 1954) - novel
The Brass Butterfly (1958)
Free Fall (1959)- novel
Rites of Passage (1980) Biography He was born in Cornwall, England, UK.
His father, Alec Golding, was a science master at Marlborough Grammar School (1905-retirement); his mother, Mildred , supported the campaigners of female suffrage.
He had an older brother named Joseph.
1930: Initially studied Natural Science at Oxford University but he transferred two years later to pursue studies on English Literature.
He also published his first book, Poems, later that year.
Golding married Ann Brookfield, an analytical chemist, on September 30, 1939 and had two children, Judith and David. Facts about Golding: He lived a life full of adventures.
During his five-year military career, Golding was a participant in both the sinking of the great German battleship, the Bismarck, and in the allied invasion of Normandy.
Golding’s most famous novel, The Lord of the Flies, was originally titled The Strangers Within.
Twenty-nine years later, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Lord of the Flies was rejected by twenty-one publishers before acceptance by Faber and Faber (publisher).
One of Golding’s hobbies was researching and exploring the myth of the Loch Ness monster.
Golding was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1988. "I am not a theologian or a philosopher.
I am a storyteller." About Golding's Career Although known as a peaceful person, his works are mostly centered on the violent nature of humans.
Golding used his experiences from World War II to create novels of dark human action.
He wrote about conflicts between barbaric human nature and civil reasoning in his novels.
His works also centered mythology and science. The Lord of the Flies Summary: Lord of the Flies explores the dark side of humanity, the savagery that underlies even the most civilized human beings. William Golding intended this novel as a tragic parody of children's adventure tales, illustrating humankind's evil nature. He presents the reader with a chronology of events leading a group of young boys from hope to disaster as they attempt to survive their uncivilized, unsupervised, isolated environment until finally being rescued. During a nuclear war, a group of British boys find themselves stranded without adult supervision on a tropical island. The group is roughly divided into the "littluns," boys around the age of six, and the "biguns," who are between the ages of ten and twelve. Initially, the boys attempt to form a culture similar to the one they left behind. Two factions form: one group (led by Ralph) want to build shelters and collect food, whereas Jack's group would rather have fun and HUNT; illustrating the difference between civilization and violence. During this journey of forming civilization, they soon faced violence and the evil nature of humans. Movie Clip Golding's Significance Today Why read his works? Readers will enjoy the suspense of his works.
Works like The Lord of the Flies gives a reminder that structure and civilization should be over violence. -Margot Gregorio