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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

Author: William Golding
Narrator: William Golding

Published in 1954, William Golding's Lord of the Flies has gained a unique status in the pantheon of 20th-century literature. A cult favorite among both students and literary critics, the novel has been called a parable, an allegory, a myth, even a vision of the apocalypse. Lord of the Flies is an adventure tale in its purest form, a thrilling and elegantly told account of a group of British schoolboys marooned on a tropical island. Alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, devoid of adult supervision or rules, the boys begin to forge their own society, their own rules, their own rituals. With this seemingly romantic premise, through the seemingly innocent acts of children, Golding exposes the duality of human nature itself -- the dark, eternal divide between order and chaos, intellect and instinct, structure and savagery. Golding once described his book as "an attempt to trace the defect of society back to the defect of human nature." In Lord of the Flies, he shows us ourselves, at once innocent and corrupt, noble and cruel, and all too human. William Golding was born in Cornwall, England, in 1911. An Oxford graduate, he wrote plays in London before moving to Salisbury to become a teacher. By the time Lord of the Flies was finally accepted for publication in 1954, it had been turned down by more than twenty other publishers. The immediate success of the book allowed Golding to give up teaching, and he went on to publish seven novels, a collection of short stories, and several plays, essays, and articles. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983, and he was knighted in 1988.

$54.99

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Details

ISBN: 9780739375099
SKU#: 1139
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Young Adult
Duration: 06:34:57
Release Date: Aug. 25, 2006
Language: English