With an introduction and notes by Ian Gregor and Mark Kinkead-Weekes
William Golding's Lord of the Flies is now generally recognized as a modern classic and this edition is issued to answer the wide demand for its use in schools and its prescription by numerous examining boards.
Professor Ian Gregor and Professor Mark Kinkead-Weekes provide an introduction and a series of notes on the text. In compiling these they have borne in mind the needs of young readers not only in this country but also overseas. The text of the novel itself is republished complete.
About the Author
William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911 and was educated at Marlborough Grammar School and at Brasenose College, Oxford. Before he became a schoolmaster he was an actor, a lecturer, a small-boat sailor and a musician. A now rare volume, Poems, appeared in 1934. In 1940 he joined the Royal Navy and saw action against battleships, submarines and aircraft. He was present at the sinking of the Bismarck. He finished the war as a Lieutenant in command of a rocket ship, which was off the French coast for the D-day invasion, and later at the island of Welcheren. After the war he returned to Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury and was there when his first novel, Lord of the Flies, was published in 1954. He gave up teaching in 1961.
Lord of the Flies was filmed by Peter Brook in 1963. Golding listed his hobbies as music, chess, sailing, archaeology and classical Greek (which he taught himself). Many of these subjects appear in his essay collections.
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It has been many many years since I first read Lord of the Flies. However, all those years ago I found it to be an engrossing and slightly frightening book. I have given this book to my sons, and now grandson, to read. It is a good introduction to classic reading with an underlying frightening and evocative theme about how mankind can revert to the primitive condition, including bullying on a grand scale, perfect for young men.
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A fantasy is a singular- and singularly believable spellbinder, and within the framework of its premises- achieves a tremendous impetus and impact. During an atomic war, a group of boys aged from about six to twelve crash-land on an uninhabited tropical island. There Ralph, a responsible boy, is chosen chief- and a certain routine established; a fire is made and to be kept going as a signal, huts are to be built, and certain of the boys are to hunt wild pig?? But as the days pass in increasing discomfort, there is increasing dissension between them; the "littluns" are frightened by the untold terrors of the dark, and the fear of breasties and bogeys spreads; the duties are neglected; and the older boys, save Simon and Piggy and Samneric (twins) desert Ralph, appoint a new leader, and run amok hunting savagely. In their primitive regression, they feel they must propitiate the beast and a ritualistic dance precedes the murder of Simon; Piggy, his specs taken, falls to his death; and finally Ralph is left to face the pack when a cruiser lands- to rescue them all.... A first novel, originally conceived and convincingly sustained, this should find an audience as vulnerable as its young derelicts. The publishers parallel this- not without justification- with Richard Hughes' High Wind In Jamaica. (Kirkus Reviews)
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st January 1973
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.216