Lord of the Flies

Timeline created by Asia Carr
  • Birth

    William Golding was born September 19, 1911, in Saint Columbia Minor, Cornwall, England. In 1935 he started teaching English and philosophy in Salisbury. He temporarily left teaching in 1940 to join the Royal Navy.
  • Attended Brasenose College

    William Golding went to Brasenose College at Oxford in 1930. He studied science which was against his father's beliefs. He then switched to the literature program.
  • Started teaching in Salisbury

    William Golding started teaching English and Philosphy at Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury. He was very passionate about his job.
  • Joined the Royal Navy

    After five years of teaching, Golding joined the Royal Navy to fight in World War II. He spent six years fighting in this war and figured out one of his callings. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant in those years.
  • Went back to teaching

    After Golding bravely served throughout World War II, he went back to his profession of teaching. He finally went back to his other calling.
  • Got "Lord of the Flies" published

    After 21 rejections, Golding got his first and most critically acclaimed book, "Lord of the Flies" published. His book was full of symbolism and still is taught in classrooms around the world today
  • Film adaptation of "Lord of the Flies" was made

    The first film adaptation of Golding's book, "Lord of the Flies" is made by film producer, Peter Brook. This happened a year after Golding had retired from teaching.
  • Won the Nobel Prize for Literature

    In 1983, at the age of 73, Golding won the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature. This showed just how influential his novel was.
  • Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

    In the summer of 1988, William Golding was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He was the age of 78 when this happened.
  • Death

    William Golding died in Perranarworthal, Cornwall, England. His cause of death was congestive heart failure at the age of 81.