Lord of the Flies

by: William Golding

Suggestions for Further Reading

Baker, James R. William Golding. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1965.

A collection of critical essays on William Golding’s work.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Lord of the Flies: Modern Critical Interpretations. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1998.

A collection of critical essays on Lord of the Flies.

Golding, William. The Inheritors. New York: Harvest Books, 1988.

Golding’s second novel, which he wrote after Lord of the Flies. It’s about a last tribe of Neanderthals trying to survive at the dawn of humanity, and explores some of the same themes – human nature, the inevitability of war – as Lord of the Flies.

———. Pincher Martin. New York: Harvest Books, 2002.

This is Golding’s third novel. Like Lord of the Flies, it is about the prospect of survival on a desolate island.

Olsen, Kirstin. Understanding Lord of the Flies: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000.

A critical guide to Lord of the Flies. This may be more accessible than the Bloom or Baker.

Swisher, Clarice, ed. Readings on Lord of the Flies. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 1997.

A collection of critical essays on Lord of the Flies.

Williams, Nigel, adaptor. William Golding’s Lord of the Flies: Acting Edition. London: Faber and Faber, 1996.

A stage adaptation of Lord of the Flies. This was performed by the Royal Shakespeare Society in 1995.