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LORD OF THE FLIES by  William GOLDING - First printing - 1954 - from Steven Temple Books  and Biblio.com

LORD OF THE FLIES

by GOLDING, William

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London: Faber, 1954. Red cloth, spine lettered in white.Yellowing to page edges; small ink name at front; small light spot to centre of lightly darkened spine; else fine. In a later (1956) dust jacket with slightly yellowed spine and flap folds but very nearly fine otherwise, flap price intact. Covered by a facsimile of the first state 1954 dust jacket in as new condition. G&G A2. One of the best-known novels in 20th century English literature, it had been rejected by 21 publishers before Charles Monteith picked it from the slush pile at Faber and urged publication of this first published novel by an unknown 43 year old schoolmaster. . First printing. Hardcover. Octavo.

  Even though Lord of the Flies is a frequent submission on any banned books list, many high school students are first introduced to this classic piece of literature in their freshman English class. Using very young protagonists set in a harsh, wild environment, author William Golding's disturbing and engaging novel addresses the themes of human nature and personal welfare, often resulting in violence and murder. Despite its controversial subject matter, it is often considered one of the best novels of the 20th Century. Lord of the Flies turned Golding into a household name, and although Lord of the Flies was his most popular book, he remained a successful author long after its publication. In fact, Golding was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983, where he remarked that he sought to “...illuminate the human condition in the world of today” through his novels. Published in 1954 in London by Faber and Faber,  Lord of the Flies  has sold over millions of copies worldwide. It has been translated into many languages, including Basque and Catalan. Evidently, even though the book focuses on the trials and tribulations of twelve young boys, the themes and archetypes resonate with all readers.  Read more: Identifying first editions of LORD OF THE FLIES




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