Personally inscribed by Stephen King directly onto the title page:
"To Linda - With best wishes - Steve King "
Viking Press (September 15, 1986). Stephen King "IT". First Edition, First Printing, indicated by the lack of a number sequence on the copyright page. Personally inscribed by Stephen King to a fan, directly onto the title page of the book. Hardcover edition. 1152 pages. ISBN-10: 0670813028. ASIN: B000X1R4S2. 9.4 x 6.5 x 2.2 inches. Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds. Brodart archival acid-free dust-jacket sleeve.
First Edition - First Printing Issue Points:
- Copyright pg. stated First Published in 1986...
- Code on dust jacket: 09221086
- ISBN # 0-670-81302-8
- NOT price clipped.
- $22.95 Price on inside of DJ
- NOT a Book Club Edition
- Bound: Full bound in black cloth
- Book Size: 6.25 x 9.5
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They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they were grown-up men and women who had gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them could withstand the force that drew them back to Derry, Maine to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name. What was it? Read It and find out...if you dare!
It is a 1986 horror novel by American author Stephen King. It was his 22nd book and his 17th novel written under his own name. The story follows the experiences of seven children as they are terrorized by an evil entity that exploits the fears of its victims to disguise itself while hunting its prey. "It" primarily appears in the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown to attract its preferred prey of young children.
The novel is told through narratives alternating between two periods and is largely told in the third-person omniscient mode. It deals with themes that eventually became King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma and its recurrent echoes in adulthood, the malevolence lurking beneath the idyllic façade of the American small town, and overcoming evil through mutual trust and sacrifice.
King has stated that he first conceived the story in 1978, and began writing it in 1981. He finished writing the book in 1985. He also stated that he originally wanted the title character to be a troll, like the one in the children's story "Three Billy Goats Gruff", who inhabited the local sewer system rather than just the area beneath one bridge. He also wanted the piece to interweave the stories of children and the adults they later become.
The novel won the British Fantasy Award in 1987, and received nominations for the Locus and World Fantasy Awards that same year. Publishers Weekly listed It as the best-selling hardcover fiction book in the United States in 1986. It has been adapted into a 1990 two-part miniseries directed by Tommy Lee Wallace, a Hindi 1998 television series directed by Glen Baretto & Ankush Mohla, and a film duology directed by Andy Muschietti. Muschietti's It was released in September 2017 and It Chapter Two was released in September 2019.
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", a play on his surname and a reference to his high standing in pop culture, his books have sold more than 350 million copies, and many have been adapted into films, television series, miniseries, and comic books. King has published 64 novels, 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 without any major rips or tears. Minor edge-wear to a couple of extremities. Typical yellow toning across the top. Not price clipped. Brand new archival acid-free sleeve. Graphics are clear and not faded. Photos of actual item. Overall, this is a great collector's grade hardcover book.
- Viking Press (1986)
- Signed First Edition
- Stephen King