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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Lord of the Flies (by William Golding): Selected full-text books and articles

CliffsNotes Golding's Lord of the Flies By Maureen Kelly IDG Books Worldwide, 2000
Politics and History in William Golding: The World Turned Upside Down By 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 By 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 By Diken, Bulent; Laustsen, Carsten Bagge Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, Vol. 31, No. 4, October-December 2006
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No Place Else: Explorations in Utopian and Dystopian Fiction By 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 By 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 By 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 By van Vuuren, Marijke Literator: Journal of Literary Criticism, comparative linguistics and literary studies, Vol. 25, No. 2, August 2004
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The Fluctuations of William Golding's Critical Reputation By Doering, Jonathan W Contemporary Review, Vol. 280, No. 1636, May 2002
Golding and Huxley: The Fables of Demonic Possession By Baker, James R Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 46, No. 3, Fall 2000
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