Lord of the Flies (by William Golding)

Golding, William

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

Understanding Lord of the Flies: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents
Kirstin Olsen.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Politics and History in William Golding: The World Turned Upside Down
Paul Crawford.
University of Missouri Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Literature of Atrocity: Lord of the Flies and The Inheritors"
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
From War to War: Lord of the Flies as the Sociology of Spite
Diken, Bulent; Laustsen, Carsten Bagge.
Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, Vol. 31, No. 4, October-December 2006
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
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
Good Grief: Lord of the Flies as a Post-War Rewriting of Salvation History
van Vuuren, Marijke.
Literator: Journal of Literary Criticism, comparative linguistics and literary studies, Vol. 25, No. 2, August 2004
The Fluctuations of William Golding's Critical Reputation
Doering, Jonathan W.
Contemporary Review, Vol. 280, No. 1636, May 2002
Golding and Huxley: The Fables of Demonic Possession
Baker, James R.
Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 46, No. 3, Fall 2000
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