William Golding

Controversially including accounts of an early incident of rape committed by the author of Lord of the Flies, this biography fills out the lopsided portrait of a writer whose subsequent novels never attained the fame of his first, but still earned him a Nobel Prize.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…