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William Golding: a Universal Pessimist and Space Optimist

pondering about a world controlled by science, I become a pessimist ... and yet I'm an optimist when I think about the spiritual realm ... We need more love, more humanity, more sympathy.

Have. Golding

The year 1954 will certainly remain in the history of English literature of the past century. He noted the publication of the book, which has become in many ways a landmark for the artistic process. This book of small volume, with a difficult fate and strange name "Lord of the flies" was written by a debutant, already exchanging the fourth decade, almost unknown to William Golding, a modest schoolteacher and a veteran of the war. Behind his shoulders was a collection of poems published in his student years, three rejected novels. Offering the same "Lord of the Flies", he received more than twenty times from the publishers a refusal. When it was printed, it had a sensational success.

By the end of the 1970s. only in English, the novel survived almost a hundred editions, and the total number of copies sold reached a record figure of twenty million. The story was enthusiastically adopted in the USA, where it was used as a teaching book in universities. According to the popularity of Americans, Golding overshadowed even the idol of Salinger's postwar youth with his famous novel "The Catcher in the Rye".

Milestones of biography

In an interview with critics, Golding testified: "I started writing late, and this was a difficult step for me, although in a sense I was born a writer." Life circumstances explain a lot in the creative individuality of this artist with an intellectual, philosophical bias.

William Golding (1911-1993) was born into a teacher's family, a man of vast knowledge, to whom the son treated with great respect. There were a lot of educators in the Golding family. Mother, a woman, socially active, took part in suffrafism, the movement for women's equality. From parents, Golding inherited inquisitiveness and a craving for knowledge that distinguished them.

From the age of seven he began to compose, at twelve tried to write a novel. At the age of 19, Golding entered Oxford University, which he graduated in 1935, specializing in the field of ancient Greek language, anthropology, Anglo-Saxon literature. He was a philologist like Murdoch, Fowles.

On the student's bench in 1934 he published a small collection of poems, but on this, in fact, his poetic experiments ended. However, the fascination with poetry has not passed without a trace: it explains the special poetry, the inner rhythm of Golding's prose. Having received a bachelor's degree at the university, Golding was for some time tested in drama. Then he followed in the footsteps of his father, began to teach English and philosophy at school in the town of Salisbury, where he worked intermittently until 1961. Golding was elected to the Royal Society of Literature (1955), elevated to knighthood (1966).

With the outbreak of World War II, Golding became a naval sailor in 1940, sailed on a torpedo boat, after passing from the rank-and-file to the lieutenant, was awarded the Combat Cross. Took part in the famous "hunt behind the largest German battleship "Bismarck", attacking British ships in the Atlantic. There was Golding and a participant in the famous Day D - opening of the second front. In 1945, he was demobilized and returned to his students to Salisbury.

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