William Gerald Golding is a famous British novelist who has made his work well known worldwide. William was born on September 19, 1911, in Newquay, United Kingdom. At age twelve, he tried to write his own novel, which was to be in twelve volumes and incorporate a history of the trade-union movement. He went on to study at Brasenose College in 1930. Golding was soon working with numerous theaters and then moved to Salisbury to be a teacher. Serving five years in the Royal Navy during World War II gave him the ideas of writing barbaric themed novels. William then wrote one of his first and one of his most famous novels, ‘Lord of the Flies,’ which soon after, it was published in 1954. Golding continued his writing and won several award for his works, such as, The Spire, Darkness Visible, An Egyption Journal and Pincher Martin. He also won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his parables of the human condition in 1983. William Golding died on June 19, 1993 in Perranarworthal, United Kingdom. Serving several years in the Royal Navy during the Second World War gave him the idea of writing barbaric and evil themed novels. After the war, he continued teaching and attracted many young people with his writing from the post-world war generation. He became so intrigued by this theme and wrote many famous novels because of it. Golding also talked to the New York Post and told them, “World War Two was the turning point for me. I began to see what people were capable of doing.” In his most famous book, ‘Lord of the Flies,’ it talks about a group of students who are stuck on a coral island and revert to savagery. Meaning that the students are alone, isolated, and stuck on an island which makes them make savage and cruel decisions in order to live. Golding’s reputation rests primarily upon his first novel, which he described as “an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature.” This author is still considered an influential author today because his creativity and form of writing makes it very interesting and makes other people want to read more of his work. Even though none of his numerous novels have surpassed his first, he is still considered a great author and has also been given lots of praise for all of his works. “Sir William Golding.” Britannica Academic, Encyclopædia Britannica, 13 Jan. 2010. academic.eb.com/levels/collegiate/article/Sir-William-Golding/37267. Accessed 22 Jan. 2018.”William Golding.” Encyclopedia of World Biography, Gale, 1998. Biography in Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/K1631002582/BIC1?u=va_s_053_0740=12dc6816. Accessed 22 Jan. 2018.