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LORD OF THE FLIES (inscribed on publication day) by  William GOLDING - Signed First Edition - 1954 - from Steven Temple Books  and

LORD OF THE FLIES (inscribed on publication day)

by GOLDING, William

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London: Faber, 1954. Red cloth, spine lettered in white. Light yellowing to page edges; red stain to lower margin of front pastedown, about two inches of the lower fore margin, and about two inches of lower inner margin of front free endpaper; some faint sunning to rear cover; else fine, no visible water stains to the binding. Supplied first state jacket: internal small light red stains along top margin of mostly front panel and to lower inner corners of both panels, but nothing inside the front flap to correspond to the stain on the endpapers; spine lightly sunned, with small light red stains at lower inner corners of front and rear panels showing through; short split to top rear spine fold; VG otherwise, spine and front panel show well, flap price intact. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR ON PUBLICATION DAY "To Mr and Mrs Nelles with the author's regards 7/9/54". The Nelles' were the Golding's next door neighbours. Laid in is Golding's Edward Gorey bookplate signed in ink"William Golding". In a plain khaki cloth slipcase with some damp stains, VG otherwise. 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. Provenance: estate of Dr. Richard C. Davis of Guelph, Ontario, who purchased it in 1988 from British dealer David Mayou. . Inscribed by Author. 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 (inscribed on publication day)


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