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How did William Golding's childhood affect his most famous work (Lord of the Flies)?

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William Golding had many influences that came together to offer experience that he later drew upon to create the world that Lord of the Flies examples. As a child he began writing quite early (age 7 by most accounts) and even attempted writing an entire novel when he was in the 7th grade. His love of HG Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Jules Verne all fed into his later setting for Lord of the Flies in that the futuristic setting, the belief in a post apocolyptic civilization, and that of high adventure in an exotic locale all owe their thanks to these early childhood authors that Golding adored.