"FROM YOUR #1 FAN": FIRST EDITION OF MISERY, INSCRIBED BY STEPHEN KING
KING, Stephen. Misery. New York: Viking, (1987). Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket. $1500.
First trade edition of King's psychological thriller, inscribed by him on the title page with his bold flourish, "For P— Best wishes from your #1 fan—Stephen King 7/13/94."
"Misery is a novel that would probably demand considerable interest even were it not from the writing phenomenon that is Stephen King… This book is built on a single cliff and hangs there throughout its length. But the novel functions as well on a more sophisticated level. King evokes the image of Scheherazade. He muses on the literature of possession and the idea that art is an act in which the artist willingly becomes captive" (New York Times). Misery won the Bram Stoker Award for best novel in 1988; Kathy Bates won an Academy Award for her career-making turn as Annie in the 1990 film version. First edition, first printing: with "First published in 1987 by Viking Penguin Inc." and no additional printings on the copyright page. Fantasy and Horror 6-200.
A fine copy.