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Lord of the Flies

by Golding, William

Condition: Very Good/Very Good Minus

New York: Coward-McCann, 1962. The dustjacket rightly calls this a "Modern Classic" - one of the great dystopian novels of the mid-Twentieth Century. Originally published in 1955. This is a Very Good copy of the Second Impression (stated "The 1962 Edition" and "Second Impression - September 7. 1962"). White cloth binding, with spine lettering/decoration and front cover decoration in black and red. Clean text; 243 pages, with a two-page biography of the author in the rear. The Introduction is by E.M. Forster. The dustjacket, a rather famous design by George Salter, is unclipped; the spine is darkened, with some sunning at the margins; chips at the head and foot of the spine. In an archival plastic protector. A respectable copy, and much less of a financial hurdle than the First Printing. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Second Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good Minus.

  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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