The Shining by Stephen
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The Shining by Stephen
King - First edition points of issue.
Year Published: 1977
Copyright page: First
edition is specifically stated on the copyright page
First Edition Total Publication: Estimated
to be 25,000
First Edition Points of Issue: On the inner
margin of page 447 the code R49 is visible.
Size: 5.75" x 8.5"
Bound: Quarter bound in black cloth with
Dedication: This is for Joe Hill King, who
My editor on this book, as on the previous two, was
Mr. William G. Thompson, a man of wit and good
sense. His contribution to this book has been large,
and for it, my thanks.
Description: Stephen King's third published
novel. Inferior quality dust jacket makes this book difficult
to find in fine condition.
Danny is only five years old but in the words of old Mr.
Hallorann he is a `shiner´, aglow with psychic voltage. When
his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions
grow frighteningly out of control.
As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel
seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty,
but who is the lady in Room 217, and who are the masked guests
going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped
like animals seem so alive? Somewhere, somehow there is an evil
force in the hotel - and that too is beginning to shine...
"YOU'RE THE CARETAKER, SIR. YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN THE
CARETAKER. I SHOULD KNOW, SIR. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN HERE....
-- DELBERT GRADY OF THE OVERLOOK HOTEL
First published in 1977, The Shining quickly became a
benchmark in the literary career of Stephen King. This tale of
a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over
the winter, his loyal wife, and their uniquely gifted son
slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the Overlook
Hotel's past are revealed, and the hotel itself attempts to
claim the very souls of the Torrence family. Adapted into a
cinematic masterpiece of horror by legendary Stanley Kubrick --
featuring an unforgettable performance by a demonic Jack
Nicholson --The Shining stands as a cultural icon of modern
horror, a searing study of a family torn apart, and a
nightmarish glimpse into the dark recesses of human weakness
This book was made into a very fine horror movie in 1980.
Directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson
("Heeeeere's Johnny!") Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd and Scatman
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