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- Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 23mm | 249g
- Publication date: 22 February 2001
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0399506438
- ISBN 13: 9780399506437
- Edition statement: Casebook ed
- Sales rank: 250,865
A plane crashes on a desert island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast.
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Born in Cornwall, England, in 1911 and educated at Oxford University, William Gerald Golding's first book, Poems, was published in 1935. Following a stint in the Royal Navy and other diversions during and after World War II, Golding wrote Lord of the Flies while teaching school. This was the first of several novels including Pincher Martin, Free Fall, and The Inheritors and a play, The Brass Butterfly, which led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983.
""Lord of the Flies" is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years." --Suzanne Collins, author of "The Hunger Games" "As exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking now as it was when Golding published it in 1954." --"Stephen King" "The most influential novel...since Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye."" --Time "This brilliant work is a frightening parody on man's return (in a few weeks) to that state of darkness from which it took him thousands of years to emerge. Fully to succeed, a fantasy must approach very close to reality. "Lord of the Flies" does. It must also be superbly written. It is." --The New York Times Book Review "Sparely and elegantly written..."Lord of the Flies" is a grim anti-pastoral in which adults are disguised as children who replicate the worst of their elders' heritage of ignorance, violence, and warfare." --Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books
Table of contents
Lord of the FliesArthur P. Ziegler, Jr. Foreword James R. Baker Introduction William Golding Lord of the Flies James Keating-William Golding Purdue Interview Frank Kermode-William Golding The Meaning of It All Frank Kermode The Novels of William Golding E. M. Forster An Introduction to "Lord of the Flies" Donald R. Spangler Simon Carl Niemeyer The Coral Island Revisited J. T. C. Golding A World of Violence and Small Boys John Peter The Fables of William Golding Ian Gregor & Mark Kinkead-Weekes An Introduction to "Lord of the Flies" William R. Mueller An Old Story Well Told Thomas M. Coskren Is Golding Calvinistic? Claire Rosenfield Men of a Smaller Growth E. L. Epstein Notes on "Lord of the Flies" Time Lord of the Campus A Checklist of Publications Relevant to "Lord of the Flies"