William Golding

William Golding (Sir William Gerald Golding), 1911–93, English novelist, grad. Oxford (B.A. 1934). Praised for his highly imaginative and original writings, Golding was basically concerned with the realm of ideas, the eternal nature of humanity, and the immaterial, spiritual aspects of the world. In the work that brought him literary fame, the allegorical and, especially with adolescents, extremely popular Lord of the Flies (1954, film 1963), he described the nightmarish adventures of a group of English schoolboys stranded on a deserted island and traced their degeneration from a state of innocence to blood lust and savagery. His later works include The Inheritors (1955), Pincher Martin (1956), Free Fall (1959), The Spire (1964), The Pyramid (1967), The Scorpion God (1971), Darkness Visible (1979), and a maritime trilogy: Rites of Passage (1980), Close Quarters (1987), and Fire Down Below (1989). Golding was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1983 and was knighted in 1988.

See J. I. Biles, Talk: Conversations with William Golding (1970); biography by J. Carey (2010); studies by H. S. Babb (1970), V. Tiger (1974), J. I. Biles and R. O. Evans, ed. (1978), A. Johnston (1980), J. Briggs. ed. (1985), N. Page, ed. (1985), P. Redpath (1986), B. F. Dick (rev. ed. 1987), J. R. Baker, ed. (1988), S. J. Boyd (1988), J. Cary (1989), K. McCarron (1994 and 1995), H. Bloom, ed. (1996, repr. 2010), A. Hollinger (2000), I. Gregor and M. Kinkead-Weekes (rev. ed. 2002), and Y. Sugimura (2008).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Politics and History in William Golding: The World Turned Upside Down
Paul Crawford.
University of Missouri Press, 2002
Great World Writers: Twentieth Century
Patrick M. O'Neil.
Marshall Cavendish, vol.4, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "William Golding" begins on p. 437
The Fluctuations of William Golding's Critical Reputation
Doering, Jonathan W.
Contemporary Review, Vol. 280, No. 1636, May 2002
Contemporary British Novelists
Charles Shapiro.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1965
Librarian’s tip: "The Elements of William Golding" begins on p. 36
Understanding Lord of the Flies: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents
Kirstin Olsen.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Dystopian Literature: A Theory and Research Guide
M. Keith Booker.
Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "William Golding: Lord of the Flies" begins on p. 161
Seeing like a Neanderthal: Nearly 60 Years after It Was First Published, William Golding's the Inheritors Retains the Power to Unsettle and Surprise
Carey, John.
New Statesman (1996), Vol. 140, No. 5064, August 1, 2011
Moral Ambiguity in Darkness Visible
Icoz, Nursel.
Academic Exchange Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 1, Spring 2004
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A Matter of Belief: 'Pincher Martin's Afterlife
Surette, Leon.
Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 40, No. 2, Summer 1994
A Reconsideration of Oa the Earth Goddess in William Golding's 'The Inheritors'
Sugimura, Yasunori.
The Modern Language Review, Vol. 97, No. 2, April 2002
The Long Chronicle of Guilt: William Golding's the Spire
Sullivan, Walter.
Hollins Critic, Vol. 1, No. 3, June 1964
The Artful Equivocation of William Golding's the Double Tongue
Stape, J. H.
Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 47, No. 3, Fall 2001
Golding and Huxley: The Fables of Demonic Possession
Baker, James R.
Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 46, No. 3, Fall 2000
William Golding and His Egypts
Abdel-Hakim, Sahar Sobhi.
Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, No. 26, Annual 2006
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After Innocence: Visions of the Fall in Modern Literature
Terry Otten.
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: "Lord of the Flies by William Golding" begins on p. 67
No Place Else: Explorations in Utopian and Dystopian Fiction
Eric S. Rabkin; Martin H. Greenberg; Joseph D. Olander.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1983
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 12 "On Aggression: William Golding's Lord of the Flies"
Classic Cult Fiction: A Companion to Popular Cult Literature
Thomas Reed Whissen.
Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Lord of the Flies" begins on p. 140
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