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Author Name: Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his parents separated when Stephen was a toddler, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of the elderly couple. Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support. After Stephen's grandparents passed away, Mrs. King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged. Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and then Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. From his sophomore year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS. He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate. He came to support the anti-war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional. He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level. A draft board examination immediately post-graduation found him 4-F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums. He and Tabitha Spruce married in January of 1971. He met Tabitha in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University of Maine at Orono, where they both worked as students. As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men's magazines. Stephen made his first professional short story sale ("The Glass Floor") to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men's magazines. Many of these were later gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies. In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

     Books By Author :: Stephen King

   
The Green Mile (6 books)
 -by Stephen King

When it first appeared, one volume per month, Stephen King's The Green Mile was an unprecedented publishing triumph: all six vo... Read More

   
Shawshank Redemption
 -by Stephen King

In The Shawshank Redemption, a man convicted of bloody murder lives in a prison brutally ruled by a sadistic w... Read More

   
Full Dark, No Stars
 -by Stephen King

'I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...' writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting... Read More

   
The Running Man
 -by Stephen King
It is 2025 and reality TV has progressed to the point where people are willing to wager their lives in exchange for a chance at en... Read More

   
Thinner
 -by Stephen King

Billy Halleck commits vehicular homicide when his lack of attention to driving results in the death of an old lady on the stree... Read More

   
Bag Of Bones
 -by Stephen King

Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to wri... Read More

   
Carrie
 -by Stephen King

A modern classic, "Carrie" introduced a distinctive new voice in American fiction -- Stephen King. The story of misun... Read More

   
Christine
 -by Stephen King

Arnie Cunningham is in love with his car. Christine, the car, is in complete control. "Vintage King . . . breathtaking, aw... Read More

   
Danse Macabre
 -by Stephen King

Tour of the whole horror genre in books, film, radio, and TV by the most popluar writer in the genre today.

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Dolores Clairborne
 -by Stephen King

Suspected of murdering the crippled widow for whom she worked as a housekeeper and companion, Dolores Claiborne has a story to ... Read More



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