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Golding

[ gohl-ding ]
/ ˈgoʊl dɪŋ /
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noun

Louis, 1895–1958, English novelist and essayist.
William Gerald, 1911–1993, British novelist: Nobel Prize 1983.

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Golding
/ (ˈɡəʊldɪŋ) /

noun

Sir William (Gerald). 1911–93, English novelist noted for his allegories of man's proclivity for evil. His novels include Lord of the Flies (1954), Darkness Visible (1979), Rites of Passage (1980), Close Quarters (1987), and Fire Down Below (1989). Nobel prize for literature 1983
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