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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 2,417,996 page views. His biography is available in 93 different languages on Wikipedia. William Golding is the 266th most popular writer (down from 238th in 2019), the 210th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 177th in 2019) and the 27th 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 266 out of 5,755Before him are Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Alcaeus of Mytilene, Jaroslav Hašek, Alfonso X of Castile, Henry Miller, and Carlo Goldoni. After him are Jordanes, Chrétien de Troyes, Valmiki, Shams Tabrizi, Françoise Sagan, and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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Among people born in 1911, William Golding ranks 11Before him are Georges Pompidou, Naguib Mahfouz, Juan Manuel Fangio, Emil Cioran, Władysław Szpilman, and Nino Rota. After him are Todor Zhivkov, Võ Nguyên Giáp, Marshall McLuhan, Czesław Miłosz, Jack Ruby, and Robert Johnson. Among people deceased in 1993, William Golding ranks 9Before him are Federico Fellini, Rudolf Nureyev, Erich Hartmann, Frank Zappa, James Hunt, and Baudouin of Belgium. After him are Ferruccio Lamborghini, Turgut Özal, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, Anthony Burgess, Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona, and André the Giant.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Golding ranks 210 out of 7,765Before him are Princess Helena of the United Kingdom (1846), Charles II of England (1630), Ecgberht, King of Wessex (800), Arthur Henderson (1863), Robert Brown (1773), and Henrietta of England (1644). After him are Ken Miles (1918), Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792), Brian Jones (1942), C. S. Lewis (1898), Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869), and John Wycliffe (1324).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, William Golding ranks 27Before him are Terry Pratchett (1948), John Milton (1608), Mary Wollstonecraft (1759), Anna Wintour (1949), J. K. Rowling (1965), and Roald Dahl (1916). After him are Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792), C. S. Lewis (1898), Graham Greene (1904), John Keats (1795), Anne Brontë (1820), and Cyrano de Bergerac (1619).