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William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies

by John Carey

Biography / Autobiography

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Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography 2010.


Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 3 December 2009.

A detailed and fascinating biography of the author of Lord of the Flies. In this biography Carey does make the point that Golding wrote other novels of equal merit, although perhaps not as well remembered and delves deep in to a complex and interesting character who should be remembered for more than just his first book.

William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies Synopsis

The first authorized biography of one of the foremost novelists of the twentieth century. 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. After wards 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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ISBN: 9780571231645
Publication date: 02/09/2010
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780571231638
Publication date: 03/09/2009
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571231638
Publication date: 3rd September 2009
Author: John Carey
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 592 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography,
Categories: Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: from c 1900 -,

About John Carey

John Carey is Emeritus Merton Professor of English at Oxford University, a distinguished critic, reviewer and broadcaster, and the author of many books, including studies of Donne, Dickens and Thackeray. His guide to twentieth century literature, Pure Pleasure, was described by James Wood in the London Review of Books as 'likeable, wise and often right . . . One feels an attractive sense of partisanship in Carey's writing, an alliance with the ordinary, the plain spoken, the unlettered, the sympathetic and the humane. Carey writes with an Orwellian attention to decency'. His celebrated polemic What Good are the Arts? provoked much debate and ...

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