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Golding, William

William Golding, formally known Sir William Gerald Golding,is best known for his infamous novel Lord of the Flies (1954) wherein a group of boysstranded on a tropical island survive and eventually revert back to a mentality of savagery.  Golding was an English novelist, playwright, and poet.  Lord of the Flies won him a Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1980 he was also awarded the Booker Prize for literature for Rites of Passage, the first book in hisTo the Ends of the Earth trilogy.

A first edition copy of Golding’s Lord of the Flies was expected to reach £1,800 at auction at a Bloomsbury Auctions in London in 2012. Golding’s legacy and effect on modern fiction is ultimately priceless.

Golding, William . Lord of the Flies . Faber & Faber, London (1954). First UK Edition; 1st and 2nd impressions printed in the same year

Golding, William . Lord of the Flies . Coward-McCann Inc., New York (1955). First US Edition; States 'First American Edition' on copyright page

Golding, William . Lord of the Flies . Faber & Faber, London (1955).

Golding, William . The Inheritors . Faber & Faber, London (1955). First UK Edition; 5080 copies of which 3000 were bound

Golding, William . Pincher Martin . Faber & Faber; London (1956). First UK Edition

Golding, William. Sometime, Never . Eyre & Spottiswoode, London (1956). Three Tales of the Imagination; anthology includes "Envoy Extraordinary" by William Golding, "Consider Her Ways" by John Wyndham, and "Boy In Darkness" by Mervyn Peake

Golding, William . The Brass Butterfly . Faber & Faber, London (1958). A Play in Three Acts; Adapted from the short novel "Envoy Extraordinary"; 2000 copies

Golding, William. Free Fall . Faber & Faber, London (1959).

Golding, William. The Ladder and The Tree. Marlborough College Press, Marlborough (1961). Privately Printed, sole printing; approx. 100 copies

Golding, William . The Spire. Harcourt, Brace & World, NY (1964). US Edition

GOLDING, WILLIAM . The Spire . Faber & Faber, London (1964). UK Edition

Golding, William. The Hot Gates . Faber & Faber, London (1965). And Other Occasional Pieces

Golding, William . The Pyramid . Faber & Faber, London (1967). UK Edition

Golding, William . The Pyramid. Harcourt Brace & World, New York (1967). First US Edition

Golding, William . The Scorpion God. Harcourt Brace & World, New York (1972). The Short Novels; US Edition

Golding, William . Darkness Visible. Faber & Faber, London (1979). First UK Edition

Golding, William . Darkness Visible. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York (1979). First US Edition

Golding, William . Rites of Passage . Farrar Straus Giroux, New York (1980). First novel in the the Sea Trilogy

Golding, William . A Moving Target . Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York (1982). US Edition; Collection of Essays

Golding, William. A Moving Target. Faber & Faber. London (1982). Collection of Essays

Golding, William. Nobel Lecture. The Sixth Chamber Press, Cambridge (1983). 7 December 1983; Limited edition of 500 copies signed by Golding, 50 bound in hardcover

Golding, William . To the Ends of the Earth - A Sea Trilogy. Faber & Faber, London (1991). The Sea Trilogy; Rites of Passage, Close Quarters, Fire Down Below; First Edition Limited Edition 400 numbered copies signed by author

Golding, William . A Bibliography 1934-1993 . Andre Deutsch Limited, London (1994). Edited by R.A. Gekoski and P.A. Grogan; Foreward by William Golding; Limited Edition of 100 numbered copies signed by Golding (total edition 1026)