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By Tony Magistrale

Stephen King: America's Storyteller explores the actual American-ness of Stephen King's paintings. it's the first significant exam to persist with this defining topic via King's 40-year occupation, from his earliest writings to his newest novels and movies made of them.

Stephen King starts off by means of tracing Stephen King's upward thrust from his adolescence to his prestige as a probably the most renowned writers in publishing historical past. It then takes a detailed examine the foremost works from his canon, together with The Shining, The Stand, It, Dolores Claiborne, and The darkish Tower. In those works and others, writer Tony Magistrale makes a speciality of King's deep rooted experience of the yank event, exemplified via his clear-eyed presentation of our historic and cultural foibles and scars; his gallery of not going friendships that pass race, age, and sophistication barriers; and his transcendent portrayals of uniquely American survival instincts, fellowship, and acts of heroism from the least most probably of sources.

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There are parts of Maine where you could get lost and never be found” (King Country 98). In Gerald’s Game, the seclusion of the Maine woods contributes to the terror Jessie Burlingame experiences while handcuffed alone in her cottage, and it is also the reason she nearly dies there: there is no one around to rescue her or hear her screams for help. Beahm’s point about the uncanny manifesting itself in the Maine landscape is evident in the appearance of Raymond Jobert, the hovering “space cowboy” who is one part Peeping Tom and one part homosexual sociopath (which might explain why he leaves her tied to the bed), whose nocturnal visits to Jessie leave her and the reader wondering for half the novel about his very corporeality.

The inhabitants of Bangor, at least those with whom I have spoken over the years, are justifiably proud of their favorite son, his civic generosity, his Tracing the Influences: Regional and Literary 27 success and fame, and the fact that he still has not forsaken them or their town for Monaco. King certainly has done his part in helping Bangor to stay afloat financially and culturally. Each fiscal year, the Kings, through the auspices of the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, donate at least 10 percent of their pretax income to various organizations, and the majority of these charitable causes are local.

Bridges can be built between the so-called popular fiction and the so-called literary fiction” (King, National Book Award Speech). In discussing the remarkable achievement that this bridge represents, critic Brian Kent posits that King “has carved out a sizable audience of scholarlyacademic readers, while maintaining and expanding his popular appeal. For while his heart may be with that huge popular audience, his mind often lands him in academic terrain, in terms of his own awareness of the standards and skills around which university English departments cohere” (40).

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