London, August 17 (ANI): Nobel-prize winning British novelist William Golding confessed that he tried to rape a girl when he was in his teens, claims a new biography.
John Carey, the author of "William Golding, The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies", who had intimate access to some of Golding's private works, alleges that Golding admitted to the incident in an unpublished memoir.
According to the account in The Sunday Times, the biography tells how Golding, when 18, tried to force a girl named Dora, then 15, after meeting her while taking music lessons in Wiltshire, reports the Telegraph.
Golding, who died in 1993, aged 81, apparently writes that he "felt sure she wanted heavy sex, as this was visibly written on her pert, ripe and desirable mouth" as the two took a walk.
Soon they were said to be "wrestling like enemies" as he "tried unhandily to rape her", but she refused to give in and ran off.
Carey, an emiritus professor of English literature at Oxford University, says that Golding "was aware of and repelled by the cruelty in himself and was given to saying that, had he been born in Hitler's Germany, he would have been a Nazi. Dora seems to have played her part in this self-knowledge."
The biography is due to be published in September. (ANI)