This study guide will help you analyze the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding. You can also find a summary of the text, as well as inspiration for interpreting it and putting it into perspective. The quotes from the study guide are taken from the 1997 edition, published by Faber & Faber.
Please note that we also offer a "Lektürehilfe" in German for the translated "Herr der Fliegen".
Presentation of the text
Title: Lord of the Flies (1954)
Author: William Golding
William Golding (1911-1993) was a British author best known for his debut novel Lord of the Flies. Golding initially studied the natural sciences at university before switching to English literature. He served in the armed forces during WWII and then started working as a teacher, where he was perhaps inspired to write Lord of the Flies by watching his pupils’ behavior. The novel was initially rejected by several publishers but was eventually picked up by Faber and Faber. Although not initially a success, the novel later became one of the most popular books of all time. Its depiction of the violence of children and of the easy collapse of civilization makes it a controversial novel.
The novel has been adapted into an English movie twice; there is a version from 1963 directed by Peter Brook and another from 1990 directed by Harry Hook.