The author William Golding’s was born on September 19, 1911 in St. Columb Minor, Cornwall. He was the younger son of Alec and Mildred Golding. His father, who came from a working-class Quaker family near Bristol, was a science teacher at Marlborough Grammar School. Golding and his brother, Jose, attended this school and grew up in Wiltshire. Strongly influenced by his father, he enrolled at Brasenose College, Oxford, to study natural science. But after two discontented years, eager to escape “the labs where the frogs twitched and the rabbits’ guts swelled in the hot summer humidity”, he switched to English and became especially fascinated by Anglo-Saxon poetry.