Golding, William Gerald

Born: Sep 19, 1911 AD
Died: 1993 AD, at 81 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Novelists, Poets

1911 - Born on September 19th in St. Columb Minor, near Newquay, Cornwall, England. English novelist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his parables of the human condition.

1935 - Educated at Marlborough Grammar School, where his father taught, and at Brasenose College, Oxford, Golding graduated.

1939 - Married to Ann Brookfield, an analytical chemist.

         - Became a teacher of English and philosophy at Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury.

1940-1944 - He joined the Royal Navy, took part in the action that saw the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck, and commanded a rocket-launching craft during the invasion of France

         - He resumed teaching at Bishop Wordsworth's.

1954 - Golding's first published novel was Lord of the Flies, the story of a group of schoolboys isolated on a coral island who revert to savagery.

1955 - The Inheritors, set in the last days of Neanderthal man, is another story of the essential violence and depravity of human nature.

1956 - The guilt-filled reflections of a naval officer, his ship torpedoed, who faces an agonizing death are the subject of Pincher Martin.

1959-1964 - Two other novels, Free Fall and The Spire, also demonstrate Golding's belief that “man produces evil as a bee produces honey”.

1979 - Darkness Visible tells the story of a boy horribly burned in the London blitz during World War II.

1980 - His later works include Rites of Passage, which won the Booker McConnell Prize, and its sequels, Close Quarters and Fire Down Below.

1983 - He won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his parables of the human condition.

1984 - The Paper Men, and the comic-historical sea trilogy To the Ends of the Earth was released.

1987 - The Close Quarters' novel was released.

1988 - Golding was knighted.

1993 - Died on June 19th in Perranarworthal, near Falmouth, Cornwall.

1996 - His novel The Double Toungue was published posthumously in Faber. The novel that was left as draft when he died.
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