"The thing is - fear can't hurt you any more than a dream": First Edition of The "Lord of the Flies"; Signed by William Golding

  • Lord of the Flies.

Lord of the Flies.


Item Number: 3089

London: Faber and Faber, 1954.

First edition of Golding’s first book, one of the best-known works in modern literature. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small closed tear to the rear panel. Signed by William Golding on the title page. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, most rare and desirable signed.

"A collection of modern fiction would never be complete without it" (Connolly, 136). Originally published in 1954, The Lord of the Flies was named to Modern Library’s 100 Greatest Novels List of the twentieth century. "[T]his brilliant work is a frightening parody on man's return (in a few weeks) to that state of darkness from which it took him thousands of years to emerge. Fully to succeed, a fantasy must approach very close to reality. Lord of the Flies does. It must also be superbly written. It is" (The New York Times Book Review). It has been adapted to film twice, in 1963 by Peter Brook and again 1990 by Harry Hook.

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