Carrie: The Novel of a Girl with a Frightening Power. Stephen King.
(King, Stephen)

Carrie: The Novel of a Girl with a Frightening Power.

Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1974. First edition. Early inscription from author to previous owner on the half-title page: “For Steve—With all good wishes—Stephen King 9/8/79.” In this, King’s first published novel, teenage girl Carrie White finds she has telekinetic powers. Against the backdrop of an abusive relationship with her religious fanatic mother, Carrie is subjected to the torments of many of her high school classmates. She goes to prom, but, in one of the most iconic scenes in horror and science fiction literature, is tricked into being doused with pig’s blood. In response, Carrie sets fire to her high school and eventually her entire town. Through the excerpts of news articles and academic reports interspersed throughout, the novel contends with the vagaries between “objective” study and actual reality. Additionally, King himself has remarked on the novel’s allegorical overtones of women’s equality, stating that it is “largely about how women find their own channels of power.” Though initially the book struggled to sell—the first hardback edition, as presented here, sold only 13,000 copies—it quickly rose in popularity. In 1976, Carrie was released as a feature film starring Sissy Spacek and John Travolta. Bears all first edition points, including the “P6” on page 199 and the original price of $5.95 on the dust wrapper. Bound in maroon cloth over boards with gold lettering to spine, and dust wrapper fully intact with just a hint of wear to upper corners. A fine copy. Item #27736

Price: $3,750.00

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