Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

Notes by: E. L. Epstein

  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781101158104
  • 208 Pages
  • Perigee
  • Adult


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

Lord of the Flies

William Golding, Notes by: E. L. Epstein


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

Lord of the Flies [is my selection for The Book That Changed My Life] because it is both a story with a message and because it is a great tale of adventure. My advice about reading is to do a lot of it.”
– Stephen King, for the National Book Foundation, The Book That Changed My Life

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

“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

Introduction by E. M. Forster

The Sound Of The Shell

Fire On The Mountain

Huts On The Beach

Painted Faces And Long Hair

Beast From Water

Beast From Air

Shadows and Tall Trees

Gift For The Darkness

A View To A Death

The Shell And The Glasses

Castle Rock

Cry Of The Hunters

Critical Analysis