"As brilliant a dark dream as has ever been dreamed in this century."--Palm Beach Post
An Original First Edition, First Printing for the Stephen King collector.
Doubleday 1978. Stephen King, "The Stand" First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover with dust-jacket. First Edition as stated on copyright page. T39 on pg. 823 as required. Not price clipped, with $12.95 price visible on inside of dust-jacket. NOT a Book Club Edition. Bound in black cloth over tan boards. Book Size: 6.25" x 9.5". Protected in brand new Mylar clear covering. Near Fine book that appears unread. Photos of actual item.
All original - vintage King. A rare collector's grade book in this condition.
This edition is missing around a quarter of the original text . In 1990 Doubleday released a 400,000 copy 1st edition of the "Complete and Uncut!" The Stand for $24.95. On the copyright page you will see the words First Trade Edition.
- Jacket Illustration by John Cayea
- Jacket Typography by Elizabeth Levine
Contains all the First Edition , First Printing issue points:
- "First Edition" on the copyright page with no mention of later printing.
- T39 on the gutter of page 823
- $12.95 on dust jacket flap
- ISBN # 0-385-12168-7
In 1978, science fiction writer Spider Robinson wrote a scathing review of The Stand in which he exhorted his readers to grab strangers in bookstores and beg them not to buy it. The Stand is like that. You either love it or hate it, but you can't ignore it. Stephen King's most popular book, according to polls of his fans, is an end-of-the-world scenario: a rapidly mutating flu virus is accidentally released from a U.S. military facility and wipes out 99 and 44/100 percent of the world's population, thus setting the stage for an apocalyptic confrontation between Good and Evil. "I love to burn things up," King says. "It's the werewolf in me, I guess.... The Stand was particularly fulfilling, because there I got a chance to scrub the whole human race, and man, it was fun! ... Much of the compulsive, driven feeling I had while I worked on The Stand came from the vicarious thrill of imagining an entire entrenched social order destroyed in one stroke." There is much to admire in The Stand: the vivid thumbnail sketches with which King populates a whole landscape with dozens of believable characters; the deep sense of nostalgia for things left behind; the way it subverts our sense of reality by showing us a world we find familiar, then flipping it over to reveal the darkness underneath. Anyone who wants to know, or claims to know, the heart of the American experience needs to read this book.
The Stand is a post-apocalyptic dark fantasy novel written by American author Stephen King and first published in 1978 by Doubleday. The plot centers on a pandemic of a weaponized strain of influenza that kills almost the entire world population. The few survivors, united in groups, establish a new social system and engage in confrontation with each other. In writing the book, King sought to create an epic in the spirit of The Lord of the Rings that was set in contemporary America. King started writing The Stand in February 1975. The book was difficult for him to write because of the large number of characters and storylines.
In 1990, The Stand was reprinted as a Complete and Uncut Edition. King restored over 400 pages from texts that were initially reduced from his original manuscript, revised the order of the chapters, shifted the novel's setting from 1980 to 10 years forward, and accordingly corrected a number of cultural references. The Complete and Uncut Edition of The Stand is, Stephen King's longest stand-alone work at 1,152 pages, surpassing his 1,138-page novel It. The book has sold 4.5 million copies.
The Stand was highly appreciated by reviewers and is considered one of King's best novels. It has been included in lists of the best books of all time by Rolling Stone, Time, the Modern Library, Amazon and the BBC. Reviewers praised the believability of the story, the relevance of the issues raised and the liveliness of the characters, but criticized the protractedness of individual episodes, the plot dualism, and the deliberate denouement. A eponymous miniseries based on the novel was broadcast on ABC in 1994. From 2008 to 2012, Marvel Comics published a series of comics written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and illustrated by Mike Perkins. A miniseries debuted on CBS All Access in December 2020, and finished airing in February 2021.
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Dust-jacket: Near Fine with some light edge-wear, marks, and several creases. Corner chipping to some areas. The dust-jacket is now protected in a brand new Mylar archival sleeve. All photos of actual item.
- 1978 First Edition
- Hardcover with dust-jacket
- 5.75" x 8.5" x 2.25"
- Stephen King