Revisiting Stephen King

Revisiting Stephen King

by Sharon A. Russell
     
 

Having endured an initially frigid critcal reception, personal struggles with addiction, and a mid-life accident that nearly killed him, Stephen King continues to reign as perhaps the most popular and prolific writer in America. This new edition of the critical companion to his works includes an expanded biographical chapter, featuring King's return to writing

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Having endured an initially frigid critcal reception, personal struggles with addiction, and a mid-life accident that nearly killed him, Stephen King continues to reign as perhaps the most popular and prolific writer in America. This new edition of the critical companion to his works includes an expanded biographical chapter, featuring King's return to writing after his accident and his groundbreaking experiments in e-publishing. A full chapter is devoted to each of his eight most recently published works of fiction, offering thorough critical treatments of

Desperation (1996)

The Green Mile (1997)

The Regulators (1996)

Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass (1997)

Bag of Bones (1998)

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999)

Hearts in Atlantis (1999

Dreamcatcher (2001)

Discussions of character development, thematic concerns, and issues of style and symbolism follow concise plot synopses. An alternate critical perspective is offered for each work. King achievements and placement in the horror genre are reconsidered, especially in light of his more recent forays into suspense fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and other areas of writing. The volume includes a selective list of further suggested readings includes biographical sources, general criticism, and reviews.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
In keeping with the series format, Russell (communication and women's studies, Indiana State U.) begins with a biographical sketch of King and a review of the horror genre he writes in. Then she details nine novels, sometimes in pairs, from the 1996 to the 2001 . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313317880
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/2002
Series:
Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1140L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

SHARON A. RUSSELL is Professor of Communication and Women's Studies at Indiana State University where she teaches courses on film and television. She has published extensively on horror film and literature and detective fiction. She is the author of Stephen King: A Critical Companion (Greenwood Press, 1996). She has also written The Guide to African Cinema.

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