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LORD OF THE FLIES by  William Golding - First American Edition - 1955 - from Captain Ahab's Rare Books and Biblio.com

LORD OF THE FLIES

by Golding, William

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New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1955. First American Edition. First Printing. Octavo; 3/4 dark green textured paper over quarter beige cloth, with titles stamped in dark green on spine; dustjacket; 243pp. Contemporary owners name and date to front endpaper, sunning to board edges, with faint trace of foxing to text edges; Very Good+ to Near Fine. Dustjacket is price-clipped, with light wear to spine ends and corner tips, else a bright, Near Fine example. Housed in a custom dark green cloth slipcase. Considerably less common that its British counterpart; when Lord of the Flies was first published in the U.S. in 1955, it sold only 2,383 copies before quickly going out of print. By the numbers, fewer copies of the American edition were produced and survived than the British, which was published at 3,040 copies. Golding's best-known and most controversial novel. Lord of Flies is ranked #41 on the Modern Library's list of 100 Best Novels, and is the basis for both the 1963 Peter Brook film (terrific) and the 1990 film directed by Harry Hook (ghastly). Though it remains one of the most challenged books by the American Library Association year after year, it is likely to be required reading in schools for the forseeable future.

  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


  • Bookseller: Captain Ahab's Rare Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 88
  • Title: LORD OF THE FLIES
  • Author: Golding, William
  • Book condition: Used
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First American Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Coward-McCann, Inc.
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1955
  • Keywords: NOAMZ


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