The Golding Variations

The myth of Oxford as a child prodigy and polymath is utterly unfounded. The film has him writing A Midsummer Night's Dream at about age ten, at a time when the real Lord Bolbec (as he then was) was probably still wetting his bed of state and setting fire to cats. Other theorists ascribe to the infant Apollo his Uncle Golding's translation of the Metamorphoses, and Beowulf.