William Golding Quotes (Author of Lord of the Flies)
William Golding Quotations
The Nobel laureate Sir William Golding , whose novel Lord of the Flies turned notions of childhood innocence on their head, admitted in private papers that he had tried to rape a year-old girl during his teenage years, it emerged today. Golding's papers also described how he had experimented, while a teacher at a public school, with setting boys against one another in the manner of Lord of the Flies, which tells the story of young air crash survivors on a desert island during a nuclear war. The revelations will appear in a forthcoming biography of the writer, who died in at the age of John Carey, the emeritus professor of English literature at Oxford university, was given access to a personal journal kept by Golding who carefully guarded personal information during his life for 20 years. The book also draws on an unpublished memoir written by Golding for his wife, Ann, who died in and is buried beside him at Salisbury, Wiltshire.
Snopes needs your help! Learn more. Lord of the Flies author William Golding once said that women are "far superior [to men] and always have been. Sir William Gerald Golding was a Nobel Prize-winning writer best known for his novel Lord of the Flies , about a group of British schoolboys who become marooned on an isolated island after a plane crash and attempt to govern themselves, with disastrous results. There is no doubt that Golding spoke these words, perhaps more than once. A clip preserved on YouTube, in which Golding discusses the origins and meaning of Lord of the Flies , captures him making that pronouncement, specifically in answer to the question of why his dystopian novel featured boys rather than girls:.
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I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been. Before the Second World War I believed in the perfectibility of social man; that a correct structure of society would produce goodwill; and that therefore you could remove all social ills by a reorganisation of society. I had discovered what one man could do to another I must say that anyone who moved through those years without understanding that man produces evil as a bee produces honey, must have been blind or wrong in the head We have a disharmony in our natures.
My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder. Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying out as from a dustbin upset in a high wind. It may be -- I hope it is -- redemption to guess and perhaps perceive that the universe, the hell which we see for all its beauty, vastness, majesty, is only part of a whole which is quite unimaginable. It is at least scientifically respectable to postulate that at the centre of a black hole the laws of nature no longer apply.