William Golding's Lord of the Flies Study Guide

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All you need to know about William Golding's Lord of the Flies is in this advanced guide to the text. Connell Guides are advanced guide books that offer sophisticated analysis and broad critical perspectives for higher-level GCSE and A Level English Literature students. Written by leading academics, Connell Guides are clear, concise and beautifully designed to help students understand, and enjoy, great works of literature. They are perfect for coursework, revision and exam preparation. Connell Guides are also great reads themselves scholarly, yet approachable and entertaining.

“This beautiful and desperate book, something quite out of the ordinary,” said the poet Stevie Smith of Lord of the Flies when it first appeared in 1954. William Golding’s extraordinary first novel quickly became a worldwide publishing phenomenon, and by the early 1960s had begun to replace Catcher in the Rye as the bible of the American adolescent. The celebrated critic John Carey is the world’s foremost authority on Golding’s work and, as his official biographer, has had unique access to his family archives. In this short, lucid guide, he explains what makes Lord of the Flies so compelling and why it has had such a lasting impact.

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