Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.
For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.
Edited and introduced by Yale University professor and distinguished literary critic Harold Bloom, Bloom's Guides are comprehensive study guides for both students and adults. Emphasizing summary and analysis, these volumes are designed to provide the necessary materials with which readers can gain a better understanding of the most widely read works in Western literature.
Introductions by renowned critic Harold Bloom consider each work and its significance.
Brief biographical sketches offer insight into each author's life. "The Story Behind the Story" details the circumstances surrounding the inception and development of the work. Summaries with analysis review and explain key points of each work.
Selections from critical essays written by leading scholars provide accessible explorations of the work.
Annotated bibliographies direct readers to additional materials on the subject and explain the importance of each.
Essential for any student of literature looking to enhance his or her reading experience, Bloom's Guides are highly useful for test preparation, independent scholarship, or book group discussions.
About the Author
Hometown:New York, New York and New Haven, Connecticut
Date of Birth:July 11, 1930
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Education:B.A., Cornell University, 1951; Ph.D., Yale University, 1955
Table of Contents
Biographical Sketch 9
The Story Behind the Story 11
List of Characters 14
Summary and Analysis 17
Critical Views 55
David Anderson on Golding's Difficult Christianity 55
Kathleen Woodward Discusses the Capacity for Evil in Children 58
Arnold Kruger Takes a New Look at the Character of Simon 60
James R. Baker Considers Golding, Huxley, and Modernity 63
Berthold Schoene-Harwood on Destructive Masculinity in Lord of the Flies 68
Paul Crawford on Human Depravity in the Novel 74
Mark Kinkead-Weekes and Ian Gregor Address the Symbolism of the Conch 79
Paula Alida Roy on the Absence of the Female in Lord of the Flies 82
Theodore Dalrymple Reflects on Human Depravity in the Novel 84
Peter Edgerly Firchow Examines the Implausible Beginning and Ending of Lord of the Flies 90
Works William Golding 95
Annotated Bibliography 96