William Golding

1911 - 1993

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Sir William Gerald Golding, (19 September 1911 – 19 June 1993) was a British novelist, playwright, and poet. Best known for his debut novel Lord of the Flies (1954), he published another twelve volumes of fiction in his lifetime. In 1980, he was awarded the Booker Prize for Rites of Passage, the first novel in what became his sea trilogy, To the Ends of the Earth. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Golding has received more than 2,077,499 page views. His biography is available in 93 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 90 in 2019). William Golding is the 238th most popular writer (down from 203rd in 2019), the 177th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 142nd in 2019) and the 24th most popular British Writer.

In 1954, William Golding published his debut novel, Lord of the Flies. The novel tells the story of a group of British boys who are stranded on an uninhabited island and try to govern themselves, with disastrous results.

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Among writers, William Golding ranks 238 out of 5,794Before him are W. Somerset Maugham, Wisława Szymborska, Anacreon, Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, Bartolomé de las Casas, and Guillaume de Machaut. After him are Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Christine de Pizan, Prosper Mérimée, Philip K. Dick, Alphonse Daudet, and Sallust.

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Among people born in 1911, William Golding ranks 12Before him are Georges Pompidou, Juan Manuel Fangio, Emil Cioran, Nino Rota, Władysław Szpilman, and Võ Nguyên Giáp. After him are Marshall McLuhan, Jack Ruby, Todor Zhivkov, Mikhail Botvinnik, Robert Johnson, and Czesław Miłosz. Among people deceased in 1993, William Golding ranks 6Before him are Pablo Escobar, Audrey Hepburn, Federico Fellini, Rudolf Nureyev, and Frank Zappa. After him are Erich Hartmann, Baudouin of Belgium, James Hunt, Turgut Özal, Ferruccio Lamborghini, and Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, William Golding ranks 177 out of 6,924Before him are James Chadwick (1891), George Boole (1815), Thomas Henry Huxley (1825), Jeff Beck (1944), Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (1830), and Ken Loach (1936). After him are Cary Grant (1904), Henry III of England (1207), Brian Johnson (1947), George Best (1946), Bon Scott (1946), and Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, William Golding ranks 24Before him are Geoffrey Chaucer (1343), John Milton (1608), Arthur C. Clarke (1917), Roald Dahl (1916), C. S. Lewis (1898), and Mary Wollstonecraft (1759). After him are Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792), Ian Fleming (1908), Terry Pratchett (1948), John Keats (1795), Robert Burns (1759), and William Wordsworth (1770).