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William Golding

  • William was born.

    William was born.
    William was born in Saint Columb Minor, Cornwall in England.
    His mother, Mildred, was a strong supporter of the British suffragette movement. His father, Alec, was a schoolteacher.
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    Life of William Golding

  • First book

    First book
    Around this time William tried to write his first book, but he failed. He couldn't really deal with it, so he started bullying his peers.
  • Oxford

    William began to follow classes in Brasenose College at Oxford, he studied here for 2 years, because his father wanted him to be a scientist. In his third year he switched to another study.
  • Poems

    William published his first work, a book of poetry, entitled 'Poems'. Not a lot of critics took the time to take a look at his book.
  • WIlliams' graduation

    WIlliams' graduation
    William graduated from Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a diploma in education. His father actually didn't want him to be a teacher, but eventually William chose to do his own thing.
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    Goldings' work

    Golding worked as a writer, actor and a producer with a small theater in a part of London. He payed his bills with a job as a social worker.
  • William started to teach

    William started to teach
    He started teaching English and philosophy in Salisbury at Bishop Wordsworth's School. He also married Ann Brookfield.
  • Royal Navy

    Royal Navy
    William joined the Royal Navy. To do this, he had to leave school - where he worked - temporarily. He fought in World War 2 as well.
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    On the boat

    A picture of William, while he is on the boat.
    William lived this years mostly on a boat. He developed a lifelong romance with sailing and the sea.
  • Back to teaching

    Back to teaching
    World War 2 had ended. Golding went back to teaching and writing.
  • Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies
    William published his novel 'Lord of the Flies', based on his experience with unruly young boys. This was a huge success.
  • Quit teaching

    Quit teaching
    Golding retired from teaching. He didn't return to his old job.
  • First film

    First film
    Peter Brook made a film adaption of the novel 'Lord of the Flies'. The writer of this book was William Golding.
  • Rites of Passage

    Rites of Passage
    Goldings' novel 'Rites of Passage'won the Booker Prize McConnell.
  • Nobel Prize

    Nobel Prize
    Williams' novel 'Lord of the Flies' was awarded for the Nobel Prize for Literature. At that time, he was 73 years old.
  • Queen

    Queen Elizabeth 2 knighted William. William was very happy that it changed his wife's status to 'Lady' Golding.
  • The second film

    The second film
    A new film of Goldings' 'Lord of the Flies' was released. The film brought the novel to the attention of a new generation of readers.
  • Heart attack

    Heart attack
    William died, on the age of 81, in Perranarworthal, Cornwall, England. He died of a heart attack.