William Golding

  • Birth

    William Golding was born on September 19, 1911 in his grandparents home in St. Columb Minor, Cornwall, England.
  • English Teacher

    English Teacher
    Golding went to school at first to become a scientist but changed to the English and philosophy department and graduated and started teaching English and philosophy at Bishop's Wordworth's School in 1935.
  • Marriage

    Golding married Anne Brookfield on September 30, 1939 and was married to her for 54 years until he died in 1993. Anne was a chemist.
  • Royal Navy

    Royal Navy
    Golding joined the Royal Navy and fought in World War II spending the next 5 years on a boat serving his country.
  • Son is born

    Son is born
    William's son David was born.
  • Daughter born

    Daughter born
    Golding's daughter Judith was born in 1945. She would later write about how her parents resented her and her brother.
  • Published Lord of the Flies

    Published Lord of the Flies
    Golding published Lord of the Flies after several rejections from different publishers and also having to change the title of the book.
  • Nobel Prize

    Nobel Prize
    Golding won the Nobel Prize in 1983 for his novels.
  • Knighted

    In 1988, Golding was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to society.
  • Death

    William Golding died of a heart attack when he was 80 years old at his home in Perranarworthal, England.