November 14, 2011
The original manuscript of William Golding's Lord of the Flies went on display for the first time in an Oxford library recently. The exhibition marks the centenary of the Nobel Prize-winning author and includes, apart from the original manuscript, several family documents and photographs. Lord of the Flies tells the story of a group of boys stuck on a desert island trying to survive, and the manuscript was rejected by several publishers before being accepted by Faber and Faber in 1953. The novel was not well received by the readers either and only became a bestseller in the 1960s.