William Golding’s legacy

Presley, N (2017) William Golding’s legacy. In: Marlborough Literature Festival, 28 September – 1 October 2017, Marlborough, UK.


Is a nightmarish vision of society William Golding’s chief legacy? The place of Lord of The Flies on the curriculum over the decades has ensured that Golding’s warnings about human instinct have reached millions. It has been filmed, re-written, drawn and generally parodied countless times. Today much is made of a starkly divided society riven with envy, competitiveness and violence. Of course it’s all there in Golding’s micro-communities – the base savagery in Lord of The Flies, the fear of the ‘other’ in The Inheritors, the rigid hierarchy on board ship in Rites of Passage.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Divisions: School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2018 15:13
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:48
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