A Moving Target (Magill's Literary Annual 1983)
William Golding made his most profound impact on English literature with his first novel, Lord of the Flies (1954), which, after a slow start, vied in popularity with J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (1951) in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s among students in England and America. Widely taught in high school and college courses, it has achieved the status of a “modern classic.” Since 1954, Golding has published seven additional novels, the best known of which are The Inheritors (1955), Pincher Martin (1956), and The Spire (1964), and three novellas. The essays collected here, the second collection of fugitive reviews and articles he has published, are the restful meditations and descriptions of a writer who no longer has to prove himself. It is not really ungenerous to say that these pieces, pulled together from various public lecture performances, reviews, and articles for travel magazines, would never have been bound between hard covers had they not been written by William Golding, the author of Lord of the Flies. This is not to say they have little to recommend them; it is simply to call them what they are—miscellaneous leftovers that justify publication in a single volume because they are by one of the “grand old men” of English letters, who, in 1983, won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1983)
Choice. XX, October, 1982, p. 265.
Library Journal. CVII, June 1, 1982, p. 1097.
Listener. CVII, June 24, 1982, p. 22.
Los Angeles Times Book Review. June 20, 1982, p. 1.
New Statesman. CIII, June 11, 1982, p. 23.
The New York Times Book Review. LXXXVII, July 11, 1982, p. 9.
Saturday Review. IX, June, 1982, p. 77.
Times Literary Supplement. July 23, 1982, p. 785.
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