Stephen King: America's Storyteller explores the particular American-ness of Stephen KingOs work. It is the first major examination to follow this defining theme through KingOs 40-year career, from his earliest writings to his most recent novels and films made from them.Stephen King begins by tracing Stephen KingOs rise from his formative years to his status as a one of the most popular writers in publishing history. It then takes a close look at the major works from his canon, including The Shining, The Stand, It, Dolores Claiborne, and The Dark Tower. In these works and others, author Tony Magistrale focuses on KingOs deep rooted sense of the American experience, exemplified by his clear-eyed presentation of our historical and cultural foibles and scars, his gallery of unlikely friendships that cross race, age, and class boundaries, and his transcendent portrayals of uniquely American survival instincts, fellowship, and acts of heroism from the least likely of sources.
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