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G for William Golding, Great Expectations and Ghostwriter

Famous writers, notable works and publishing jargons by alphabet "G".

William Golding 威廉・高汀

Sir William Gerald Golding (1911-1993) was a British novelist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983.

He first attempted to write a novel aged twelve, but it wasn’t until 1954 when his first, and best known, book Lord of the Flies was published. The book tells the story of a group of boys trying to survive on a remote island after a plane crash, and how they revert from a civilised to a primitive state. Golding's experience of teaching in a boy’s school and serving in the Royal Navy enabled him to critically examine humanity and society in his works.

Great Expectations(《遠大前程》)

Great Expectations (1861), written by Charles Dickens, depicts the life of an orphan named Pip. He receives a fortune from an anonymous benefactor and is sent to London to be trained how to be an upper class gentleman. He then struggles with his social status and the pursuit of love. The original ending Dickens wrote was too bitter, so, under pressure from his publisher, he rewrote the ending for Pip.

The novel echoed the tremendous social changes of Britain in the 19th century by contrasting the huge gap between the rich and poor, which made it a great success.

Ghosterwriter 代筆

A ghostwriter is a writer whose job is to write a book for somebody else, usually a public figure, who is then credited as the author. This is a common practice in celebrities' autobiographies and has even been known to happen with some literary works. Some well-known writers hire ghostwriters to ensure their work is published regularly so as to sustain their popularity. Moreover, tying the book to a more well-known author rather than the ghostwriter can boost its marketability.

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