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William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 1, 2010
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So with this, Carey's long (and eagerly) awaited biography of Golding, you expect the law to cheer on grammar schools, vegetable gardening and divided personalities, and sneer at snobbery, Dons and magical thinking. Golding's dabbling with anthroposophy, you think, is in for a particular thrashing. And as for Golding's public-schooled contemporaries at Brasenose College....
But that's half the fun, of course. Flaubert said that when you write a friend's biography, you must do it as though you were taking revenge on his behalf. Whether you agree that Golding was the abject literary outsider that Carey makes him out to be, you still share his partisan sense of outrage. Take the film critic C.A. Lejeune's response, in chapter fourteen, to Pincher Martin: 'To me it belongs to a class of reading that I deplore, which looks at nothing except what I call the underbelly of the human body, and it sees nothing except what I call the nasty side of it, the horrid side of it.' Behind that you can hear the objection of every person who has ever junked a great book because it's 'too grim', 'depressing' or - this above all - 'doesn't teach me anything'. Carey's response makes gratifying reading, as does his response to Auberon Waugh ('so clearly the voice of a Young Turk eager to make a splash').Read more ›
This biography was written by John Carey, the literary critic and English literature professor at Oxford. Professor Carey was given access to the previously private archive of Golding, which consists of three unpublished novels, two autobiographical works and a journal of over two million words. While Professor Carey had a wealth of information to work with, it must have been difficult deciding what was most relevant.
After reading this biography, I am moved to read more of Golding's novels, and to reread others. William Golding lived a full and interesting life but it seems that he was often paralyzed by self-doubt and was unable to appreciate the strength of his own writing gift. I have yet to read `Pincher Martin' `The Spire' and `Rites of Passage'. I will reread `The Lord of the Flies' and `Darkness Visible' with a greater appreciation of the man behind the novelist.
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I read "Lord of the Flies" when it was first published, then "The Inheritors, "Pincher Martin," and "The Spire," but then I moved away from England and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Roger D. Williams
In August 2010, John Carey won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, one of the oldest and most prestigious literary prizes in Britain, for his biography of William Golding: The Man... Read morePublished on April 11, 2011 by Martina A. Nicolls
Anyone who, like William Golding, has been a teacher of young schoolboys could be forgiven for thinking that chaos is the natural condition of humanity. Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by MR PHILIP J SHANNON