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The Shining By Stephen King Essay

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Stephen King is a contemporary author of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. He is one of the greatest writers of the American horror genre. King wrote many bestselling books but his book The Shining, published in 1977, established King as a great American writer. The Shining is about a man, Jack Torrance, his son, Danny, and his wife when they become caretakers of an isolated hotel. Danny sees alarming visions of the hotel's past using a psychic ability known as "The Shining." As time goes on, Jack Torrance slips into a horrifying insanity and the only thing that can save his family is "The Shining." Stephen King is known for putting his past hardships, as well as successes, into this book. King, the author of the book The Shining, had and will continue to have an influence on American literature. King’s books, such as The Shining, were influenced by his background, historical changes, and new writing styles during the contemporary time period.
As told by the article “Stephen King” by Richard Bleiler, Stephen King was born on September 21, 1947, in Portland, Maine. His father, Donald, deserted the family when king was about two, leaving behind few possessions and never to be seen, or heard from again. Left to raise two children on her own King’s mother, Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King, moved frequently and was also put under financial stress. Some of the numerous places the family lived are De Pere, Wisconsin, Stratford, Connecticut, before settling in Durham, Maine. “Although King had been writing since the 1950s, his professional career began effectively in 1967.” He received a scholarship to Drew University, a college in Madison, New Jersey. However, he could not afford to attend there (Ramsey, Peggy). King continued living in Maine, enrolling at the University of Maine at Orono with a full scholarship, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English (Ramsey, Peggy). He married Tabitha Spruce in 1971, and they have three children, Joe, Owen, and Naomi (Bleiler, Richard). Shortly after they were married, the newlyweds moved to Herman, Maine. There they lived in a mobile home and King was hired at Hampden Academy teaching English (Ramsey, Peggy). “Ruth Nellie King died on December 18, 1973, of cancer.” His mother lived to see her son succeed as a writer, but unfortunately did not see his first novel in print (Ramsey, Peggy). King’s books were so popular that he eventually admitted to writing five novels under the pseudonym Richard Bachman to avoid over-publishing under his own name (King, Stephen (1947-). The King family moved to Boulder Colorado in 1977 for a year, where a weekend visit to an offseason hotel inspired The Shining In 1997, Stephen King switched publishers once again. The new contract provided a salary of two million dollars per book, and gave him 50 percent of the royalties (Ramsey, Peggy). “By the year 2000, King had sold over 300 million books, and is considered by many to be the most popular...

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