"HOPE YOU'LL ENJOY THIS TALE OF LOVE AND HORROR BEYOND THE END OF THE WORLD…": FIRST EDITION OF THE STAND, WONDERFULLY INSCRIBED BY STEPHEN KING
KING, Stephen. The Stand. Garden City: Doubleday, 1978. Thick octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket. $3800.
First edition of King's Hugo-nominated epic tale of apocalyptic terror, boldly inscribed across the entire front free endpaper: "To Father Guy Thorn—Hope you'll enjoy this tale of love and horror beyond the end of the world—Best, Stephen King. 11/1/80."
"The book that took me the longest to write was The Stand. This is also the one my longtime readers still seem to like the best… I was writing this story near the end of the so-called Energy Crisis in the 1970s, and I had an absolutely marvelous time envisioning a world that went smash during the course of one horrified, infected summer… Rarely have I seen so clearly with the eye of my imagination… [A trust in] violence as a solution is woven through human nature like a damning red thread. That became the theme… There is no moral to The Stand, no 'We'd better learn or we'll probably destroy the whole damned planet next time'—but if the theme stands out clearly enough, those discussing it may offer their own morals and conclusions. Nothing wrong with that; such discussions are one of the great pleasures of the reading life" (King, On Writing, 201-6).
Not only a "very superior example of its genre" (Clute & Nicholls, 666), The Stand
"represents King's most ambitiously imaginative novel and the most fulfilling exploration of a predominant theme in his work: the behavior of groups functioning under the pressure of extraordinary situations" (Fantasy and Horror
6-206). "First edition" stated on copyright page; code "T39" in lower corner of final text page. First-issue dust jacket
, with price of $12.95. Anatomy of Wonder
II-601. Brooks A6. Ketchum, Levack and Levin 16. Horror Literature
Book fine, bright dust jacket with only faint toning to extremities. A handsome inscribed copy.