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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

Condition: Very Good/Fair


London: Faber and Faber, 1954. 1st Edition 2nd Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/Fair. Red cloth hardcover book in very good condition, with ORIGINAL dust jacket in fair condition. This is a second impression of the 1954 first edition, as stated on copyright page. Cover shows signs of shelf wear and some very faded stains, back cover has small tape marks. Spine is slightly bent but not cracked. Front and back endpapers and pastedowns have tape marks, while back pastedown shows remains of previous owner's bookplate. Dust jacket is chipped, frayed and spotted in a few spots. Pages are clean and unblemished. Questions welcome. We ship internationally from the United States and Canada every week. If buying internationally, please be aware that additional charges may apply for heavier books. We guarantee a safe, quick, and secure transaction. 10+ years in online bookselling experience.


  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: Encore Books & Records CA (CA)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 017872
  • Title: Lord of the Flies
  • Author: William Golding
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good
  • Jacket condition: Fair
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: 1st Edition 2nd Printing
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1954


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