Lord of the Flies

  • Childhood

    William Gerald Golding was born in Cornwall, England in 1911. His mother was a suffragette who fought for women’s rights and his father was a school teacher and an advocate of rationalism.
  • Education

    Golding went to the school where his father taught until he left for college in 1930. He spent 2 years studying science and then in his 3rd year he switched to literature.
  • beginning his career

    beginning his career
    from 1935-1939 Golding worked as a writer, actor, and producer with a small theater in London. He also worked as a social worker to keep his bills paid.
  • continuing his career

    continuing his career
    In 1939 Golding was teaching English and philosophy at a boyś school in Salisbury. His experience working with the young boys was the inspiration for Lord of the Flies. Later that year he married his wife Ann Brookfield and had 2 kids.
  • World war II and after

    World war II and after
    Golding temporarily left the school he was teaching at to go into the Navy for 5 years. While in the war Golding saw the horrible things that people did to each other. This was more inspiration to write Lord of the Flies. He continued teaching at bishop after world war II until he left to write full time
  • Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies
    Goldings wrote his first novel lord of the Flies. He tried to get it published 21 times before he found someone who would do it.
  • Death

    Goldings died in 1993. He passed of a heart attack at age 81