Stephen King

A Biography

by Albert Rolls


Millions of people have experienced the unnerving sensation of finding their own half-acknowledged nightmares dramatically realized in the pages of Stephen King's spine-tingling horror tales.

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December 2008


Pages 216
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics The Arts/American Literature

Now known worldwide for his horror creations in best-selling books and popular film adaptations, Stephen King spent years in obscurity trying to find his voice and his audience. For much of his career he chose to remain in the small-town Maine of his youth, far from glittering publishing and film centers, yet few American writers can now equal his hold on audiences worldwide. This biography traces King's evolution from would-be pulp magazine writer to master of his craft, whose work both epitomizes and transcends the horror genre.


  • Primary source bibliography of Stephen King's novels, fiction collections, and nonfiction, including his work under the pseudonym Richard Bachman
  • Exhaustive A-to-Z bibliography of books and articles about King and his work, including online resources and a list of Web sites devoted to King
  • Photographs of King at different stages of his career
Table of Contents

PrefaceTimeline: Events in the Life of Stephen KingChapter 1:Taking Up the PenChapter 2:Becoming a WriterChapter 3:Finding a PublisherChapter 4:Beginning to Establish the Name Stephen KingChapter 5:Becoming the KingChapter 6:Responding to Fame and FortuneChapter 7:Settling into His PositionChapter 8:Negotiating His Private and Public LivesChapter 9Chapter 10:Kings Status RisesChapter 11: The Sense of an EndingChapter 12:Letting People RecoverChapter 13:Taking a StandChapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18:The Long RecoveryChapter 19:Retiring, AgainChapter 20:His Busy Retirement ContinuesBibliography

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