Biography Of William Golding

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Biography Of William Golding


Along with writing, William Golding enjoyed teaching. He followed in his father’s footsteps and became a schoolmaster. In 1935 Golding taught at Bishop Wordsworth’s School, in Salisbury, where he taught English and philosophy. He left his position to join the navy but returned to the school after the war and worked there until 1961.

William Golding joined the navy in 1940. He vowed to serve his country in battle in World War two. William Golding became Lieutenant Golding and was a part of many battles. In his naval career, Golding worked at the Naval Research Establishment and commanded a rocket-launching craft in France. He also helped sink the great German battleship Bismarck and fought in the battle of D-Day. After the war ended, in 1945, Golding returned to teaching and writing. His Navy career had effected his writing, especially Lord of the Flies, which he wrote right after the war. The amount of death and loss he witnessed would have contributed to his opinions on human nature and would appear in his writing.

William Golding had many interests but his passion was for writing. As a child he would write short stories and poems. Golding unsuccessfully attempted to write a novel at the age of 12 but that did not stop him from writing. However, that failure resulted in him taking out his frustrations on his school peers. Golding published his first written work, Poems, in 1934. Golding continued to write after his work in the navy. In 1954, Golding's infamous novel, The Lord of the Flies, was published. After Lord of the Flies, Golding’s writing career boomed. He published many novels and other literary works in his lifetime. Including Rites of Passage in 1980 that won the Booker McConnell Prize.

Since Golding’s father was a schoolmaster, he would ensure his son got an education. William Golding attended his father’s school, Marlborough Grammar School. Then attended Brasenose Collage of Oxford University where he started studying science. Golding decided to follow his passion for literature, transferred to English programs and disregarded his father’s wishes. Golding graduated from Brasenose Collage in 1935.

Golding's father, Alex Golding, was a principle of a local school and his mother, Mildred Golding, was an active member in the Woman's Suffrage Movement. Golding’s father loved science and raised his son to become a scientist. However, science was not the career path William Golding chose. In 1939, William Golding married Anne Brookfield. They had two children, David in 1940, and Judith in 1945. After his second child was born, Golding left the navy and settled down for a life of literature.





William Golding

William Golding was born on September 11, 1911.

William Golding was born and spent his early childhood in the small village of Saint Columb Minor in Cornwall, England.


William Golding won the Nobel Prize in Literature 1983.

William Golding and his wife Anne Brookfield

William Golding most popular novel, Lord of the Flies

William Golding sailing

“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy.”

“There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast. . . . Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! . . . You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are the way they are?”

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"His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink."

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William Golding died on June 19, 1993, in Perranarworthal, Cornwall.

William Golding writing


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