- Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
- Format: Paperback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 107mm x 188mm x 15mm | 105g
- Publication date: 16 December 2003
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0399501487
- ISBN 13: 9780399501487
- Edition statement: Reissue
- Sales rank: 342
When "Lord of the Flies" appeared in 1954 it received unprecedented reviews for a first novel. Critics used such phrases as "beautifully writeen, tragic and provocative... vivid and enthralling... this beautiful and desperate book... completely convincing and often very frightening... its progress is magnificient... like a fragment of nightmare... a dizzy climax of terror... the terrible spell of this book..." E.M. Forster chose it as the Outstanding Novel of the Year. "Time and Tide" touched upon perhaps the most important facet of this book when it said, "It is not only a first-rate adventure but a parable of our times, " and articles on this and subsequent Golding novels have stressed these twin aspects of Golding: a consummate control of the novel form, and a superb all-encompassing vision of reality which communicates itself with a power reminiscent of Conrad.
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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"