William Golding (1911-1993)

A selective list of online literary criticism for mid-twentieth-century English novelist, and winner of the 1983 Nobel Prize for literature, William Golding, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources

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introduction & literary criticism

"William Golding by John Carey." Discusses Golding's life and the only biography to be written as yet on him, William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies (Faber 2009). The Guardian 4 Sept. 2009. Frank Kermode on Golding's life, in the London Review of Books. Another review, in The Independent. Another, in the New York Times.

"William Golding." The official website on William Golding, maintained by his family, provides photos of Golding, a biography, and articles on Golding's influences and other topics, helpful for students. Also includes a specially commissioned teaching guide, "Lord of the Flies for the teacher."

"The Nobel Prize in Literature 1983." Contains a brief biography, list of Golding's books, and Golding's Nobel prize acceptance lecture.

"Lord of the Flies. A lesson plan from the BBC for teaching Lord of the Flies to high school students.

Breunig, Hans Werner. "William Golding and the State of Nature." Breunig explores the extent that Golding shares the ideas of philosophers Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. EESE January 2002.

Stephenson, William. "William Golding." A substantial introduction to Golding. Literary Encyclopedia 7 March 2003 [subscription service].

"William Golding." The BBC Archive web site offers historical footage of live interviews with William Golding, Virginia Woolf (from 1937), Kingsley Amis, Elizabeth Bowen, E.M. Forster, Somerset Maugham, and many others. However, for me who is in the U.S., the message was "not available in your area." Better luck to you.

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