Volume LIII Number 12
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William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies, by John Carey; Faber & Faber, 2009, $49.99.
John Carey’s William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies discusses the novelist and his work. The subtitle, Carey admits, is ironic. Golding was much more than the author of his first published (and most celebrated) novel. As a biographer, Carey has been blessed. He has secured access to and presented to the public such a mass of material that his biography will be a valuable resource for any future attempts to discuss Golding’s life and works.
First, Golding’s father, a bookish, atheist and socialist school teacher, kept a journal, which Carey uses to provide insights into the man who had the most significant influence on Golding the writer.
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