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LORD OF THE FLIES (trial binding, signature) by  William GOLDING - Signed First Edition - 1954 - from Steven Temple Books  and Biblio.com

LORD OF THE FLIES (trial binding, signature)

by GOLDING, William

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London: Faber, 1954. In a trial binding of bluish black cloth, spine lettered in white. Slight rubbing to spine ends; front cover mottled with damp, only a little mottling to rear cover; pencil and small ink owner's names at front; very light yellowing to page edges; else a VG unworn copy. Supplied first state jacket has internal and external red stains to lower portions of panels; bit of darkening to spine and flap folds, with small chips at ends; darkening to upper margins of flaps; internal repairs with white paper tape; just good otherwise, flap price intact. Bookplate (by Edward Gorey) signed by Golding laid in. Gekoski A2 knew of four copies - this makes a fifth. ,,,,. 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 (trial binding, signature)




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