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The Shining [First Edition, Early Printing]

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The Shining [First Edition, Early Printing]

by King, Stephen

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ISBN 10
0385121679
ISBN 13
9780385121675
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New York: Doubleday & Company, 1977. Early trade printing with code Z32 at page 447; matches first printing in design, colors, and 5 3/4" x 8 1/2" dimensions. 1977 at copyright; no other dates, indications. Tan boards, black cloth spine wrap, crisp gilt spine titles, moderate edge, corner wear. Deckled pages sharp, clean; no writing. Bind fine, square; hinges intact. White endpapers. Original dust wrapper matching first printing, slight shelf wear; unclipped T. S. $15.95 at front flap, protected in new clear sleeve. Wrapper features the original, eerie wrap-around illustration by Dave Christensen with bold glowing titles. Near fine original trade edition in same wrapper. A benchmark in the literary career of Stephen King and his third published novel following Carrie and 'Salem's Lot. The Shining stands as a cultural icon of modern horror, a searing study of a family torn apart, and a nightmarish glimpse into the dark recesses of human weakness and dementia. The Overlook Hotel claimed the most beautiful setting of any resort in the world, but the Torrance family saw much more than its splendor. Danny, blessed - or cursed - with a shining, precognitive gift saw visions hideously beyond the comprehension of a small boy. For Jack, Wendy, and their young son it is a place where past horrors come to life. And where those gifted with the shining do battle with the darkest evils. This tale of a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over the winter, slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the hotel's past are revealed, and the hotel itself attempts to claim the very souls of the Torrance family. "YOU'RE THE CARETAKER, SIR. YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN THE CARETAKER. I SHOULD KNOW, SIR. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN HERE... " Rare tangible. 447 pages. Printed in the U.S.A. Insured post.. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Book.

Synopsis

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are 11/22/63 ; Full Dark, No Stars ; Under the Dome ; Just After Sunset; Duma Key ; Lisey’s Story ; Cell ; and the concluding novels in the Dark Tower saga: Wolves of the Calla , Song of Susannah , and The Dark Tower. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing , is also a bestseller. He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007, he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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On Feb 3 2019, a reader said:
My goodness, this book is amazing. I love the way King writes his characters and stories, and this is no exception. The Overlook is so amazing yet creepy and Jack is such an amazing character.
On Jul 13 2014, CloggieDownunder said:
The Shining is the fourth novel by popular American author, Stephen King. Unemployed professor of literature and recovering alcoholic, Jack Torrance takes a job as winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in the mountains of Colorado. His wife, Wendy is hopeful he can conquer his demons during their half year in the mountains and get on with his writing. His five year old son, Daniel, is plagued by pre-cognitive visions that seem to be facilitated by his imaginary friend, Tony; they are often pleasant but sometimes uncomfortable and occasionally downright terrifying. When the family arrives at the Overlook, the cook, Dick Hallorann takes Daniel aside and tells him he “shines”, and gives him some welcome reassurance and advice. The Overlook hotel has links to underworld characters and has been the scene of murders, suicides and gangland-style executions. Danny senses in the Overlook a certain malevolence, a certain power, and feels the presence of past victims. After some months of almost idyllic existence, the hotel and the Torrance family are cut off from the town of Sidewinder by heavy snowfalls and impassable roads. And then the hotel begins to exert its influence on Jack and his family. Or is it just an alcoholic succumbing to cabin fever? King expertly portrays alcoholism and the descent into psychosis, and gives the reader characters of some complexity who find themselves rushing headlong into a heart-stopping climax. With Danny’s narration, King uses wordplay to highlight the ambiguity of spoken English. Readers who have seen the 1980 Kubrick movie (which departs markedly from the book and disappointed King) will picture Jack Nicholson as Torrance (despite his lack of blonde hair). King once again proves he is a master story-teller, as readers who make the effort to reread this as a prequel to Doctor Sleep will discover afresh. A bestseller that is a brilliant read.

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Bookseller’s Inventory #
021149
Title
The Shining [First Edition, Early Printing]
Author
King, Stephen
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
second hand - Fine
Jacket condition
Fine
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
0385121679
ISBN 13
9780385121675
Publisher
Doubleday & Company
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1977
Size
8vo - over 7�" - 9�" tall
Keywords
COLORADO FICTION HORROR TORRANCE JACK
Size
8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

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