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William Golding

(1911-1993), Writer

Sir William Gerald Golding

Sitter in 8 portraits
Writer. Born in Cornwall and educated at Marlborough Grammar School and Oxford, Golding worked as an actor and producer in small theatre companies before becoming a teacher. He served in the navy, commanding a rocket ship during the Second World War. His first novel Lord of the Flies (1954) was an immediate success. Other novels followed, among them Pincher Martin (1956), The Spire (1964), and Darkness Visible (1979). His work considers the cruelty in human nature in extreme situations. Rites of Passage won the Booker Prize in 1980. Golding was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983.

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William Golding, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x89431

William Golding

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1954
NPG x89431

William Golding, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x89432

William Golding

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1954
NPG x89432

William Golding, by Mark Gerson - NPG x88212

William Golding

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, August 1970
NPG x88212

William Golding, by Paul Joyce - NPG x13430

William Golding

by Paul Joyce
bromide print on card mount, May 1977
NPG x13430

William Golding, by David Hills - NPG x47311

William Golding

by David Hills
colour print, 11 December 1989
NPG x47311

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