The Road to the Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus

The Road to the Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus

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by Bev Vincent
     
 

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In 1970, Stephen King embarked on what would become the crowning achievement in his literary career-the Dark Tower. The seven-volume series, written and published over a period of 30 years, was inspired by Robert Browning's poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came," as well as J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and the spaghetti Westerns of Sergio

Overview

In 1970, Stephen King embarked on what would become the crowning achievement in his literary career-the Dark Tower. The seven-volume series, written and published over a period of 30 years, was inspired by Robert Browning's poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came," as well as J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and the spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone.

With the full cooperation of Stephen King himself, The Road to the Dark Tower examines the epic journey of the author to complete a story that threatened to overwhelm him. In this indispensable companion, Bev Vincent presents a book-by-book analysis of each volume in the series, tracing the Dark Tower's connections to King's other novels including The Stand, Insomnia, and Hearts in Atlantis, and offering insights from the author about the creative process involved in crafting his lifelong work-a work that has consumed not only Stephen King, but his legion of devoted readers. This is essential reading for any Dark Tower-or Stephen King-fan.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451213044
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/25/2004
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,176,413
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Bev Vincent is the author of over two dozen short stories and the Stephen King column, News from the Dead Zone, featured in Cemetery Dance magazine.

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The Road to the Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The summary and inclusion of other works is outstanding. The Dramatis Personae is nice, but a bit repetitive at times. 'Epics, Influences, and Ka' is very dry, the 'Art and the Act of Creation' is too lengthy in its discussion of metafiction. The timelines are a bit hard to follow, but, given the nature of the subject, about as well done as possible.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was definitely informative and shed some light on the depth of The Dark Tower, but Vincent definitely has many contradictions throughout. I was definitely unimpressed with this companion book.
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