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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 and 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 and Faber, London (1955).

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

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

Golding, William. Sometime, Never. Eyre and 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 and Faber, London (1958). “A Play in Three Acts”; Adapted from the short novel Envoy Extraordinary; 2000 copies

Golding, William. Free Fall. Faber and 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 and World, NY (1964). US Edition

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

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

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

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

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

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

Golding, William. Darkness Visible. Farrar, Straus and 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 and Giroux, New York (1982). US Edition; Collection of Essays

Golding, William. A Moving Target. Faber and 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 and 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)