This rare first edition of Stephen King's first published novel is a must-have for any collector of King's works. It is now a 50-year old book.
Doubleday, April 5th 1974. Stephen King "Carrie". US First Edition, First Printing with all the correct 1st/1st markings. Hardcover book with dust-jacket. Original printing run of only 30,000 copies. 199 pages. Original issue price of $5.95.
First Edition, First Printing issue points:
- "First Edition" as required on copyright page.
- $5.95 price on the dust-jacket flap.
- "P6" Code on the gutter of the last page.
- ISBN #0-385-08695-4.
- Not Price-clipped
- Not an ex-library book.
Carrie is the book that launched his phenomenal career; first printed in 1974, its success as both a book and a film ensured King would become the best-selling American author during the final quarter of the 20th century, according to the Chronology of American Literature.
With an original production run of only 30,000 copies, a collector's grade-quality first edition of Carrie is a scarce commodity. This book maintains its clean and straight boards and tight, square spine.
There are no markings, writings, or stampings. None of the pages are ripped or creased; the end pages are clean. A first printing of Carrie is becoming increasingly scarce in this excellent condition. A new Mylar covering protects not only the novel but also the original dust jacket that accompanies it.
This first printing of Carrie offers you the opportunity to own a piece of literary history, the book that made Stephen King a household name.
Matching Clam Case
From the manufacturer: Custom Clamshell Case. No Binding. First Edition Clamshell Case. Superb Custom Fitted Modern Collector's Clamshell Bookcase. HAND-CRAFTED by our conservation team, each box is Gilt-stamped at the spine, & features a blind embossed [sculpted] Carrie Design, raised on the upper cover inspired by the first edition DJ's photo & is finished inside & out. Elegant Black & deep red Nuba®, a fine, supple & durable covering with a neutral ph that has the feel of velvety soft Italian Nubuck® leather. This clamshell is perfectly sized to accommodate your first edition. A terrific collector's custom case for an important book.
Carrie is a 1974 horror novel, the first by American author Stephen King. Set in Chamberlain, Maine, the plot revolves around Carrie White, a friendless, bullied high-school girl from an abusive religious household who discovers she has telekinetic powers. Feeling guilty for harassing Carrie, Sue Snell invites Carrie to the prom with Tommy Ross, but a humiliating prank during the prom by Chris Hargensen leads to Carrie destroying the town with her powers. The narrative contains fictional documents in approximately chronological order that present multiple perspectives on the prom incident and its perpetrator. Carrie deals with themes of ostracism and revenge, with the opening shower scene and the destruction of Chamberlain being pivotal scenes.
King started writing Carrie, intended to be a short story for the men's magazine Cavalier, after a friend's suggestion to write a story of a female character. Though King initially gave up on Carrie due to discomfort and apathy, and felt it would never be successful, his wife Tabitha convinced him to continue writing. King based the character of Carrie on two girls he knew in high school and enjoyed fabricating the documents for the narrative. After Doubleday accepted Carrie to be published, King worked with editor Bill Thompson to revise the novel.
Carrie was published on April 5, 1974, with a print run of 30,000 copies, and a paperback edition was published by New American Library in April 1975. The paperback edition became a bestseller, particularly after the release of the 1976 film adaptation, reaching four million sales. Carrie received generally positive reviews, both contemporaneously and retrospectively. Being a debut novel, Carrie launched King's career and helped him achieve mainstream success. It has also been credited for reviving mainstream interest in horror fiction and being influential among contemporary horror writers. Four film adaptations have been released, with one getting a sequel, and a musical adaptation was released in 1988.
Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, crime, science-fiction, and fantasy novels. Described as the "King of Horror", his books have sold more than 350 million copies as of 2006, and many have been adapted into films, television series, miniseries, and comic books. King has published over 65 novels/novellas, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and five non-fiction books. He has also written approximately 200 short stories, most of which have been published in book collections.
King has received Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, and British Fantasy Society Awards. In 2003, the National Book Foundation awarded him the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He has also received awards for his contribution to literature for his entire bibliography, such as the 2004 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and the 2007 Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. In 2015, he was awarded with a National Medal of Arts from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts for his contributions to literature.
Dust jacket: Near Fine with some chipping and light edge-wear as shown. Free of rips, tears, or creases. Some marks to the back and flaps. Mild tanning. Graphics are clear and not faded. Overall, this is an excellent first printing to showcase in your library, and in better condition than most. Photos of the actual item.
- Doubleday (1974)
- First Edition, First Printing
- Hardcover with dust jacket
- Stephen King