Golding spent two years in Oxford focusing on sciences; however, he changed his educational emphasis to English literature, especially Anglo-Saxon.
And William Golding himself might have been irritated by it, since he came to dislike Lord of the Flies: The language is O-level stuff" was his verdict when he reread it 20 years after publication.
Still, some sort of nudge seems to be necessary. Many studies exist interpreting his work, but no Life has appeared in the 16 years since his death and any biographer looked certain to face a struggle. A private, monogamous, bearded ex-teacher who lived quietly in south-west England and set most of his novels in the past: As it turns out, a considerable amount: Sexual violence, alcoholic excess, shame, depression and vanity are all part of the story.
Even the beard turns out to be interesting. By this point Dora was also involved with a games master who liked to whip her, and Golding found the sight of her whipped bottom "loathsomely exciting".
His parents were socialist, pacifist, atheist, teetotal and musical. Golding later regretted their lack of warmth, but he inherited their hatred of the class system. He knew it from Marlborough, a town divided between the posh school and the local one, and re-experienced it at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was the only grammar-school boy among 71 entrants.
Teaching was the obvious career, but for several years Golding drifted, writing poetry, playing the piano and acting.
He also met his wife Ann: Then came the war. His experiences in the navy were a mixture of courage, intelligence and frightening incompetence, and Carey describes them in fascinating detail.
The low point was an accident with a detonator that put him in hospital for three months, the high point successfully commanding a craft during the D-Day landings — though what he saw that day "ships mined, ships blowing up into a Christmas tree of exploding ammunition, ships burning, sinking" scarred him for life.
Back home he finally settled into a teaching job in Salisbury. To those who knew him he seemed a changed man, brooding and withdrawn. He had grown a beard while a naval officer, and having shaved it off when demobbed now grew it again, as though more comfortable showing less of his face to the world.
It marked him out as a disgruntled outsider a forerunner of beatniks and ascetic seafarer "a cross between Captain Hornblower and Saint Augustine", as Michael Ayrton put it. His pupils nicknamed him Scruff and found him less than diligent: His first three books were all turned down.
To begin with he had no better luck with Lord of the Flies. Dog-eared after its rejections by other publishers, the typescript provisional title: It was rescued by a new recruit at Faber, Charles Monteith, who could see it had potential, provided Golding would agree to major cuts and rewrites.
But for him Golding would probably have died an unknown schoolteacher.
Adulation did little to turn his head only once did Ann suspect him of straying, with the scholar Virginia Tiger, and her suspicions seem to have been groundlessbut nor did it boost his confidence: In private he could be wry and funny, but most of his public utterances make Samuel Beckett sound like a cock-eyed optimist.
Being human was "one long nightmare", he said, and nuclear war would only be avoided because man — "this monstrous creature, this biological irrelevance" — was too scared to destroy himself.
He also worried a lot about money, especially after making heaps of it. Yet he had good friendships, enjoyed a happy marriage, and was a devoted father, despite berating himself for mistreating his son David in infancy. There were many family trips and adventures, including a near-catastrophe in the English Channel when his boat was struck and sunk by a Japanese freighter.
Unimpressed by distinctions between "high" and "low", he was as happy watching snooker on TV as composing Latin elegiac couplets. His intellectual curiosity was matched by his physical energy. The day before he died at 81 he was up a ladder unblocking a drainpipe. His plot synopses are fuller than some readers might care for, but he always makes connections with the life.
Even the extensive summarising of reviews seems justified, since Golding was, by his own admission, "revoltingly" dependent on what people thought of his work.
No biography would or could ever reach the root of his character, he thought, but this one goes a long way, with due measure of praise and blame, and an unwavering interest in every book he wrote, not just the most famous one.William Golding Biography ; William Golding.
Golding's reputation rests primarily upon his first novel, Lord of the Flies ( This view of Golding was cemented in , when the author was named a Commander of the British Empire. Later works After the. William Golding was born September 19, , in Saint Columb Minor, Cornwall, England.
His mother, Mildred was a women suffragette.
His father, Alex, was a schoolmaster (Biography, ). When William was just 12 years old, he attempted, unsuccessfully, to write a novel. William Golding was born September 19, , in Saint Columb Minor, Cornwall, England. His mother, Mildred was a women suffragette.
His father, Alex, was a schoolmaster (Biography, ). When William was just 12 years old, he attempted, unsuccessfully, to write a novel. William Golding at his Wiltshire home, Photograph: John Eggitt/ Bettmann/ Corbis W e hear a lot about the death of the author, but William Golding is an author who was almost still-born.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding is one of my favorite novels, not necessarily from a “I’m going to read this every year!” standpoint but more from a “Damn, I wish I could write like that!” perspective. This allegorical book was originally published in ; it is one of the most carefully structured novels I’ve read; each chapter has a wonderful internal rise and fall, and the plotting and metaphoric shadings in .
Sir William Gerald Golding, CBE (19 September – 19 June ) was a British novelist, playwright, and poet. Best known for his novel Lord of the Flies, he won a Nobel Prize in Literature and was awarded the Booker Prize for fiction in for his novel Rites of Passage, the first book in what became his sea trilogy, To the Ends of the Earth.
Alma mater: Oxford University.