A fixture of English class syllabi, William Golding’s 1954 novel Lord of the Flies keeps winning over new generations of readers. Since it was Golding’s first book, Lord of the Flies was met with little interest from the multitudes of publishing companies to whom he sent his manuscript. Eliot allegedly first heard about Lord of the Flies via an offhand remark made by a friend at his social club. William Golding was unimpressed with how Lord of the Flies turned out. William Golding had a funny experience at a school production of Lord of the Flies.