William Golding's Life by Akshay Srinivasan

Timeline created by akshay.t.srini
  • Birth of William Golding

    Birth of William Golding
    William Golding was born on September 19, 1911 in Saint Columb Minor, Cornwall England. Raised in a 14th century house with his mother, a women suffragist, and his father, a schoolmaster.
  • Early Education

    Early Education
    Golding went to school and learned from his father. When Golding was 13 years old he attempted to write his first novel.
  • Oxford Universities Brightest new mind

    Oxford Universities Brightest new mind
    After his early education Golding went to Brasenose College at Oxford University. There his father wanted Golding to pursue a career as a scientist. Instead Golding opted to study English literature. In 1934, William Golding published his first work a book of poetry, named poems.
  • Following in his Father's Footsteps

    Following in his Father's Footsteps
    After working in settlement houses and a theater, Golding decided to follow his father's footsteps as a teacher in Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury.
  • Love at First Sight

    Love at First Sight
    Married his wife Ann Brookfield in 1939. It was love at first sight.
  • Man of War

    Man of War
    In 1940, Golding abandoned his profession of teaching to join the Royal Navy. William spent most of his time during World War 2 on a boat sailing the horizons. In 1945, when the war had ended, Golding told reporters that he was in love with sailing and the sea.
  • The Classic that defined his Legacy

    The Classic that defined his Legacy
    After Golding's stint in war was over, he pursued his career as an author. In 1954, after 21 rejections, he published his most famous classic, the Lord of the Flies.
  • Retired from teaching

    Retired from teaching
    In 1962, Golding retired from teaching. After his retirement Peter Brook, a filmmaker, created a film on his critically acclaimed novel, the Lord of the Flies.
  • Nobel Prize

    Nobel Prize
    At the age of 73, Golding was the 1983 Nobel Prize for Literature. Later in 1988, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth 2.
  • Death of William Golding

    Death of William Golding
    On June 19, 1993, Golding died of a heart attack in Perranarworthal, Cornwall.