William Golding

By Vikram
  • Birth of Golding

    Birth of Golding
    Golding was born to Mildred and Alec in Saint Columb minor on the 19th of September 1911. Saint Columb minor was a 14th century styled house residing by the graveyard of Cornwall, England. Golding's mother was an active suffragist while his father was a headmaster of the Marlborough Grammar School. His father was also a noted advocate of rationalism. Throughout Golding's childhood his father consistently tried to push rationalism and scientific curiosity onto William Golding
  • College Life

    College Life
    In 1930 Golding was enrolled at the Brasenose College of Oxford University. Originally, Golding deferred to his father's wishes for him, and he studied science. However by his third year at the institution, Golding parted from science and decided to fallow his interests of literature.
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  • Golding's first literary work

    Golding's first literary work
    In 1934, Golding took to publishing his first works of Poetry in the Macmillan's Contemporary Poets series
  • Graduation

    In 1935, Golding graduated from Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts and English and a diploma in education
  • Golding begins to teach

    Golding begins to teach
    Golding took a position of an english and philosophy teacher at Bishop Wordsworth’s School located in Salisbury
  • Marriage

    He married Ann Brookfield in 1939. He enjoyed a nice life, especially towards the end of there years when they rested calmly at their residence in Falmouth, Cornwall.
  • Child #1

    Child #1
    His and Ann's boy, whom they named Dave, was born.
  • Lieutenant Golding

    Lieutenant Golding
    In 1940, Golding left his teaching post to become a lieutenant in the Royal Navy. During his time in the world war he assisted at the naval research establishment. He was also given command of a rocket carrying vessel. During his time at war Golding developed a passion for the sea while also becoming subject to the atrocious side of humanity.
  • Child #2

    Child #2
    Golding and Ann had their second child in 1945, a girl, whom they named Judith.
  • End of the World War

    End of the World War
    The war ended, and Golding returned to his teaching position.
  • Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies
    After a total of 21 publisher rejection, Golding finally managed to get, what would become a critically acclaimed novel, published.
  • Royal Society of Literature

    Royal Society of Literature
    As a result of the publication of Lord of the flies, and the critics response to the novel, Holding was offered membership at the Royal Society of Literature.
  • Pincher Martin

    Pincher Martin
    A story, similar to Lord of the flies, detailing the life of a man shipwrecked on an island. The man sets up a vista point which acts as the focal point for the rest of the story.
  • Retirement

    In 1962, Golding decided to leave teaching to pursue writing novels full time.
  • Lord of the Flies; Movie Adaptation

    Lord of the Flies; Movie Adaptation
    Director Peter brook decided to send Lord of the Flies to Hollywood, and creates a film version of the novel.
  • The Pyramid

    The Pyramid
    This novel, published in 1967, was a social investigation of the english social class.
  • Rites of Passage

    Rites of Passage
    The first of a series of three known as The Sea Trilogy, Rites of Passage acts as the exposition novel of a character by the name of Talbot as he embarks on a sailing expedition to Australia
  • Booker McConnell Prize

    Booker McConnell Prize
    Rites of passage receives the renowned Booker McConnell Prize.
  • Nobel Prize

    Nobel Prize
    As a result of Golding's award-filled literary career he was given the esteemed Nobel Prize in Literature. A celebration of his literary contributions.
  • Knighted

    His motherland recognized his vast accomplishments when Queen Elizabeth II knighted Golding.
  • Lord of the Flies; Second Movie

    Lord of the Flies; Second Movie
    In 1990, Harry Hook, created his adaptation of Lord of the Flies.
  • Death

    On June 19, 1993, Golding suffered a Heart Attack in Perranarworthal, Cornwall, where he died.