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Stephen King’s View on Fame
Stephen King is a contemporary writer who has written many books in his lifetime. In his novel Misery, he discusses the consequences or bad sides of being famous. This normal average man, other than being a world famous author, acts as a regular individual in his daily life. In Stephen King’s Misery, King uses Paul Sheldon, as a doppelganger of himself to describe the horrors of being a famous person in the worst situation, showing readers that it is not so bad to be a regular person.

Born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine, Stephen King was a surprise to his family. Stephen was raised by a mostly single parent. Stephen’s father “left the house to buy a pack of cigarettes…but never returned. Stephen King hasn’t seen his father since” (Biography of Stephen King). Stephen lived from different places in Massachusetts and Maine, moving around with his mom, Nellie King, and his adopted older brother, David. During his childhood, King apparently witnessed one of his friends being struck and killed by a train. King returned from playing with the boy “speechless and seemingly in shock” (Beahm 101). This incident in believed by some critics and readers to have inspired or changed King’s mind to write some scarier or darker stories.

King’s love of writing started in 1959 when he was 12. His brother, David, had a local “newspaper” called “Dave’s Rag”. Stephen wrote some articles and reviews for shows and movies. With a small amount of people even reading “Dave’s Rag”, Stephen still found that people liked his writing. Inspired by this he wrote short stories and sold them to people in his neighborhood for thirty cents. He sometimes even sold his work in school until he wasn’t allowed to anymore. Stephen and his brother, along with one of their friends, had their own publishing company. It was called “Triad and Gaslight Books”.

Stephen’s works at this young age were mostly science fiction, but since he was young and did not have much background on science; his works were not completely accurate, even though they were still enjoyed by readers. The interest in horror started in 1959 when he found a bunch of old sci-fi and horror books at his Aunt’s house. After finding these books, he read the works of Jack Finney, Robert Bloch, and Howard Phillips Lovecraft. His first horror story was titled “I Was a Teenage Grave Robber”. Though that was his first horror story, his first official story was bought by Startling Mystery Stories, called “The Glass Floor”. In 1966 he graduated high school and attended the University of Maine at Orono. He met his future wife, Tabitha Spruce at college. He earned his bachelors of science in English in 1970 and married Tabitha a year later.

Another reason that King writes horror is that his life was filled with injustice. He said in an interview, I have a sense of injustice that came; I think ... My mother was a single parent. Her husband deserted her when I was 2, and she went through a lot of menial jobs. We were the little people. We were dragged from pillar to post, and there was none of this equal opportunity stuff going on at that time. We were latchkey kids before there were latchkey kids, and she was a female wage earner when, basically, women did scut work and cleaned up other people's messes. And she never complained about it a lot. But I wasn't dumb and I wasn't blind. And I got a sense of who was being taken advantage of and who was lording it over the other people. A lot of that sense of injustice stayed. It stuck with me, and it's still in the books today. (Biography of Stephen King). This shows people that he realized how life wasn’t fair and told readers through his stories. Stephen started his life with Tabitha doing some menial jobs. He worked as a janitor until he finally got a job as an English teacher. Money was still tight until he caught a break. He wrote on his spare time and one of his stories, Carrie, was the first story that...
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