William Golding

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  • Born

    William Golding was born September 19, 1911 in Saint Columb Minor. It is a small town located near Cornwall, England.
  • First work published

    First work published
    Golding published his first work just before graduating college at Brasenose College at Oxford University. His father wanted him to become a scientist, but he took the literature route instead, publishing his first book titled 'Poems'.
  • Teaching at Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Salisbury

    Teaching at Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Salisbury
    In 1935, Golding decided to follow his father's footsteps and become a teacher. He taught English and Philosophy at Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Salisbury. His experience with unruly young boys lead to the writing of his book 'Lord of the Flies'.
  • 'Lord of the Flies'

    'Lord of the Flies'
    In 1954, after 21 rejections, Golding published his first and most acclaimed novel, Lord of the Flies. This novel tell the story of a group of young boys stranded on a desert island, who turn against each other in the face of an imaginary enemy. This novel is still studied in classes today.
  • Nobel Prize of Literature

    Nobel Prize of Literature
    Golding was awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize of Literature for his novel 'Lord of the Flies'.
  • Death

    Golding died of a heart attack in Perranarworthal, Cornwall. After Golding died, his completed manuscript for 'The Double Tongue' was published posthumously.
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    Going to war

    In 1940, Golding temporarily abandoned teaching to join the Royal Navy and fight in World War II.
    In 1945, after World War II had ended, Golding went back to teaching and writing.