Monday, April 14, 2014

2014 is the 60th anniversary of William Golding's The Lord of the Flies!

Wow, it’s the 60th Anniversary of The Lord of the Flies! I remember reading this book in high school.

This dystopian novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author William Golding is about  a group of British boys ages 6 to 12 that have crashed on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean. With no adults around, the boys are left to fend for and govern themselves. Two groups are formed, one lead by Ralph who is responsible and wants the best for everyone. He wants to build shelters, collect food, and maintain watch for help. The other group lead by Jack wants to have fun and hunt and this brings about chaos and savagery.  These two groups illustrate the difference between humanity/ civilization and savagery/ base instincts, which results in death.

There is a Lord of the Flies game which reviews the central developments in the novel. Click on the following link to play the game.

If you are interested here is a YouTube clip of William Golding discussing The Lord of the Flies
At the Lincoln Public Library we have the DVD Lord of the Flies based on the novel. The motion picture was release in 1963.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the publication of Lord of the Flies, William Golding Ltd will be publishing a special commemorative eBook in 2014. We are looking for contributions from William Golding fans throughout the world to feature in the book, with reflections on the impact of reading Lord of the Flies.

Contributions can be short thoughts, artwork, photography and longer written reflections. Submissions from schools are particularly welcome.
Submissions should be sent by April 30th 2014 to
Terms and conditions:
Contributions will only be published at the discretion of the editor.
Contributions must be original.
You retain copyright in your submission and, where possible, William Golding Ltd will credit you. However, by entering, you give the WGL a worldwide royalty free licence to use, reproduce and exhibit your submission in all media.
You must be the sole copyright owner of any work you submit including text or images. You warrant that your contribution does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any other person.
Submissions sent after the closing date will not be accepted.
Contributions may be edited after discussion with the editor.
For more information please click on the following link 



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