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DiedJune 19, 1993, Perranarworthal, United Kingdom
SpouseAnn Brookfield
FactReceived a knighthood in 1988.

William Golding was born in Newquay, Cornwall, on September 19, 1911. His father, Alec Golding, was a schoolmaster and his mother, Mildred (née Perkins), was a music teacher. He had two younger brothers, Graham and John. Golding was educated at Marlborough Grammar School and Brasenose College, Oxford. He excelled at sports, particularly boxing, and was a member of the college Boat Club. He left Oxford without a degree in 1934 and worked as a teacher in Salisbury, Wiltshire. In 1935, he married Ann Brookfield, with whom he had two children, David and Judith.

Golding’s first novel, Lord of the Flies, was published in 1954. It was an instant success and has since become a classic of twentieth-century literature. His other novels include Pincher Martin (1956), Free Fall (1959), The Spire (1964), and Rites of Passage (1980), which won the Booker Prize. Golding was knighted in 1988 and died in Perranarworthal, Cornwall, on June 19, 1993.

Golding’s novels are largely concerned with the conflict between the civilized and the savage aspects of human nature. They often explore the themes of good and evil, morality, religion, and man’s place in the universe. Golding once said that he wanted to “explore the darkness of man’s heart.” His work is characterized by its pessimistic view of human nature and its use of allegory and symbolism.

Golding’s novels have been widely translated and have sold millions of copies worldwide. They have been adapted for stage, screen, and television. His work has been praised by such writers as Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, and Cormac McCarthy.

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Full NameWilliam Golding
DiedJune 19, 1993, Perranarworthal, United Kingdom
ProfessionTeacher, Author, Poet, Novelist, Playwright
EducationSt John's Marlborough, Brasenose College, Oxford, University of Oxford


SpouseAnn Brookfield
ChildrenJudy Carver, David Golding
ParentsAlec Golding, Mildred Golding
SiblingsJoseph Golding


AwardsNobel Prize in Literature, Booker Prize
MoviesLord of the Flies

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1Man produces evil as a bee produces honey.


1Won the 1980 Booker Prize for his novel "Rites of Passage".
2A former English teacher at Bishop Wordsworth school in Salisbury, UK, Golding's first novel, "Lord of the Flies," was published by Faber in 1954 after being rejected by more than ten publishing houses. Quit his teaching job in 1962 in order to write full-time.
3For 40 years, Golding refused permission for a theatrical production of "Lord of the Flies" until he saw playwright Nigel Williams's adaptation in a school play.
4Two children: David and Judy.
5Educated at Marlbrough Grammar Scool (1921-1930) and Brasenose College, Oxford (1930-1934).
6Received a knighthood in 1988.
7Was the 1983 Nobel laureate in literature. Each of his eleven novels explored human nature's darker side.



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To the Ends of the Earth2005TV Mini-Series adapted from the trilogy by - 3 episodes
Lord of the Flies1990novel - as Sir William Golding
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Rézpillangó1971TV Movie as W. Golding
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Monitor1959TV Series documentaryHimself

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Arena2012TV Series documentaryHimself


Won Awards

1983Nobel Prize in LiteratureNobel Prize

"for his novels which, with the perspicuity of realistic narrative art and the diversity and ... More

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