Author William Golding tried to rape teenager, private papers show

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The Nobel laureate Sir William Golding, whose novel Lord of the Flies turned notions of childhood innocence on their head, admitted in private papers that he had tried to rape a 15-year-old girl during his teenage years, it emerged today. Golding's papers also described how he had experimented, while a teacher at a public school, with setting boys against one another in the manner of Lord of the Flies, which tells the story of young air crash survivors on a desert island during a nuclear war. The revelations will appear in a forthcoming biography of the writer, who died in 1993 at the age of 81.

source: Article 'Author William Golding tried to rape teenager, private papers show'; www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/aug/16/william-golding-attempted-rape; The Guardian; 16 August 2009