Lord of the Flies (Casebook)

Lord of the Flies (Casebook)

Introduction by:

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780399529207
  • 336 Pages
  • Perigee Books
  • 18 and up


The 50th Anniversary Edition of the Lord of the Flies is the volume that every fan of this classic book will have to own!

Lord of the Flies
remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought and literature.

Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a true classic. And now readers can own it in a beautifully designed hardcover edition worthy of its stature.
Lord of the Flies (Casebook)

Lord of the Flies (Casebook)

William Golding, Introduction by: E. M. Forster


Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years.” 
—Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

“As exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking now as it was when Golding published it in 1954.”
Stephen King

“The most influential novel…since Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye.” 

“This 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
“Sparely and elegantly written…Lord of the Flies is a grim anti-pastoral in which adults are disguised as children who replicate the worst of their elders’ heritage of ignorance, violence, and warfare.” 
Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books

Table of Contents

Lord of the FliesArthur P. Ziegler, Jr.

James R. Baker

William Golding
Lord of the Flies

James Keating-William Golding
Purdue Interview

Frank Kermode-William Golding
The Meaning of It All

Frank Kermode
The Novels of William Golding

E. M. Forster
An Introduction to “Lord of the Flies”

Donald R. Spangler

Carl Niemeyer
The Coral Island Revisited

J. T. C. Golding
A World of Violence and Small Boys

John Peter
The Fables of William Golding

Ian Gregor & Mark Kinkead-Weekes
An Introduction to “Lord of the Flies”

William R. Mueller
An Old Story Well Told

Thomas M. Coskren
Is Golding Calvinistic?

Claire Rosenfield
Men of a Smaller Growth

E. L. Epstein
Notes on “Lord of the Flies”

Lord of the Campus

A Checklist of Publications Relevant to “Lord of the Flies”