Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx has written a brilliant introduction to a new edition of William Golding’s 1980 novel Rites of Passage. This introduction, also published in LitHub, rightly details the comic nature of the book, and Proulx writes that ‘literary gems tumble off the pages’. For Proulx, Golding
‘had a fantastic imaginative ability that allowed him into humanity’s more unsavory byways; his vast reading aided a remarkable ear for language that let him hit the clear, perfect notes to express what he found there.’
The new edition of Rites of Passage, with Proulx’s introduction, is available to buy from Faber.