Author William Golding Image Credit: Gulf News archives

1993 Nobel Prize-winning author Sir William Golding died at his home in southwest England. He was 81. Golding had died of natural causes at his home near the coastal town of Falmouth in Cornwall. Golding won the 1983 Nobel Prize for Literature at the age of 73 for books that portrayed the darkest side of human nature and the depths of human misery. He was educated at Oxford University and took up teaching, acting, directing and writing. Golding was knighted in 1988. He had spent his last years quietly with his wife Ann at their home. The Nobel Prize for William Golding came nearly 30 years after the enormous success of the British author’s first published novel Lord of the Flies — a chilling account of the cruelty to which a group of small boys sink when they are cast away on a coral island. Apart from Lord of the Flies, his best-known novels are Pincher Martin, describing the last moments of a drowning sailor, and Rites of Passage which in 1980 won Britain’s premier literary award, the Booker Prize.

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