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Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them. Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support. After Stephen's grandparents passed away, Mrs. King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. From his sophomore year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS. He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate. He came to support the anti-war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional. He graduated in 1970, with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level. A draft board examination immediately post-graduation found him 4-F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students; they married in January of 1971. As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men's magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale ("The Glass Floor") to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men's magazines. Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.
years of life: 21 September 1947 present




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You’re good for the ones you love. You want to be good for the ones you love, because you know that your time with them will end up being too short, no matter how long it is.
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each man kills the thing he loves.
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Only wanting to hurt. Like the wasps.


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    Nunca entendí porqué me gusta tanto volver a Derry. Cada vez que lo leo me siento atrapado y obligado a continuar; una urgencia inexplicable me lleva a querer leerlo tan rápido como me sea posible y mientras me acerco peligrosamente al final,esta urgencia se ve reemplazada por un miedo, un vacío en el estómago que me provoca el terminarlo.
    La primera vez que lo leí tenía 15 años, y comenzaba a tener mis primeros amigos por lo que el final me resultó devastador, no por las muertes o las grotescas descripciones sino por el atemorizante precio que pagaron por terminar con Eso: su amistad. La idea del olvidó es lo que más me aterró de la historia y pasé mucho tiempo temiendo que eso me pasara.
    Ahora, después de varias relecturas, 7 años después de la primera vez,he vuelto a salir de Derry y el vacío en el estómago sigue apareciendo, no obstante el miedo paralizante por el olvido parece haber cedido. De mis libros favoritos, sin duda.

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