William Golding

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William Gerald Golding published his first book in 1954 at the age of forty-three. He had a late start, but that did not hinder his writing ability. Golding grew up in Cornwall, England and joined the British Royal Navy at the age of thirty-nine. Consequently, he was in World War II and witnessed the D-Day invasion at Normandy, which destroyed his optimism and scarred him for life. William Golding was a well achieved and admired person in British literature, and his life experiences, including WWII, greatly influenced his works especially Lord Of The Flies. Golding had a very fascinating life. He was born to Alec and Mildred Golding on September 19, 1911 in Cornwall, England. His father was a schoolmaster at Marlborough Grammar…show more content…
By the 1960’s, Lord Of The Flies was being taught all over the world. It was even advised that Peace Corps volunteers read it. With this book, Golding realized that one must write for oneself, and not just an audience. The more one writes for an audience, the more disappointed one can get. If one writes for oneself, one does not care what the people say about one’s book. The author is just happy that it was written. Lord Of The Flies took Golding from his unknown person, to a very well known and admired person in British literature. Although Golding was very well know and admired, he never had any desire for his books to be made into movies. Golding only signed away the film rights to Lord Of The Flies because he was in a period of financial need. Consequently, Lord Of The Flies has two movie adaptations. One was made in 1963 by Peter Brook, and the other one was a Hollywood version made in 1990. Golding saw the 1963 version, and he said that it was ‘as good as could have been expected’ and that he had no desire to see the Hollywood version. Golding believed that people were supposed to approach his novels as readers, and “Those with an interest in his work must take the time and trouble to sit and read it, and then reflect on its significance to their lives.” Golding loosely based Lord Of The Flies
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