FIRST EDITION OF THE SHINING, INSCRIBED BY KING
KING, Stephen. The Shining. Garden City: Doubleday, 1977. Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition of King’s third novel, a modern horror classic, inscribed by the author on the half title, “For David—with all best, Stephen King,10/14/79.”
Inspired by Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death,” King’s first hardcover bestseller is “his consummate ghostly tale” about “the haunted house to end all haunted houses” (Underwood & Miller, 174, 184). “The fact is that The Shining is a masterwork, a bold product of an original vision, a novel of astonishing passion, urgency, tenderness, understanding, and invention… In its uniting of an almost bruising literary power, a deep sensitivity to individual experience, and its operatic convictions, it is a very significant work of art” (Peter Straub). First edition, with data code “R49” at inner margin of page 447. Currey, 227. Horror 100 Best Books 77. Ketchum, Levack & Levin 15.
A fine inscribed copy.