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William Golding


William Golding was born on September 19, 1911, in Cornwall, England. After graduating from Oxford, he worked briefly as a theater actor and director, wrote poetry, and then became a schoolteacher. In 1940, a year after England entered World War II, Golding joined the Royal Navy, where he participated in the invasion of Normandy. Golding’s experience in World War II had a profound effect on his view of humanity and the evils of which it was capable. After the war, Golding resumed teaching and started to write novels. His first and greatest success came with Lord of the Flies (1954), which ultimately became a bestseller in both Britain and the United States after more than twenty publishers rejected it. In 1983 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Golding died in 1993.


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Lord of the Flies
Written by William Golding
Read by William Golding
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Lord of the Flies
Written by William Golding
Read by William Golding
Format: Unabridged Compact Disc

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