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Title: WILLIAM GOLDING AND LORD OF THE FLIES BACKGROUND NOTES


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WILLIAM GOLDING AND LORD OF THE FLIES BACKGROUND
NOTES
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I. William Golding Basics
  • A. Full Name William Gerald Golding
  • B. Born September 19, 1911
  • C. Born in Cornwall, England

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I. William Golding Basics Continued
  • D. Father Alec worked as a science teacher He
    had strong political and scientific notions
  • E. Mother Mildred worked on the suffragist
    movement
  • F. Died June 19, 1993 of heart failure

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II. Goldings Education
  • A. Went to the grammar school his father taught
    at
  • B. Began study at Oxford (Brasenose College) in
    1930
  • C. Original field of study was in the natural
    sciences
  • D. In 1932, he changed his field of study to
    English Literature.
  • E. Later in 1937, Golding returns to Oxford for a
    Diploma in Education

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III. Influences on Goldings Work
  • A. Teaching
  • 1. taught English and philosophy at a number of
    grammar schools
  • 2. where he met his wife Ann
  • 3. studied how young children interacted with one
    another

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  • B. World War II
  • 1. Joined the Royal Navy
  • 2. Helped sink Germanys Bismarck
  • 3. Was part of D-Day in France
  • 4. Changed his view of man came to believe that
    everyone had an evil side

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  • C. Literary Influences
  • 1. Classical literature
  • 2. Mythology
  • 3. Christian symbolism

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IV. Lord of the Flies Background
  • A. Started from an idea he had while reading The
    Coral Island to his kids
  • 1. Golding believed that this idyllic
    setting/plot was anything but realistic
  • B. Began working on it in 1952
  • C. Originally called Strangers from Within

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  • D. In 1953, he begins sending it to publishers,
    where it was turned down by more than 20 of them
  • 1. sensitive subject matter
  • 2. no one wanted something so pessimistic to be
    published
  • E. Finally accepted after changes to the text,
    and it was published in 1954 as The Lord of the
    Flies

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V. Other Life Events
  • A. 1962 resigned from teaching and focused on
    writing full time
  • B. 1963 Brooks film Lord of the Flies was
    shown at Cannes
  • C. 1983 Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • D. 1988 knighted
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