The second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King was born on 1974 in Portland, Maine. His name was Stephen Edwin King. After his parents serpertion as a toddler, Stephen and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Stephen, David,
nd their mother lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which was where Stephens fathers side of the family lived. They then moved to Stratford, Connecticut, that was where Stephen King spent most of his childhood paying frequent visits to his mothers side of
he family that resided in Malden, Massachusetts and Pownal, Maine. Around his 11th anniversary Stephens mom moved to Durham, Maine, along with Stephen and his brother, to take care of her parents, whom were to old to take care of themselves.
Stephens school days were spent in the Durham Grammar School. He then attended Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. He went to college at the University of Maine at Orono, at which, during his spophomore year, he worte a weekly column for T
MAINE CAMPUS. During his years at college he was opposed to the war in Vietnam, declaring it unconstitutional. After his graduation in 1970 Stephen had aquired a Bachelor of Science in English and immediately was qualified to teach at the high school
As a student Stephen worked at the Folger Library, which was on the University of Maine at Oronos campus. While working he met a fellow employee named Tabitha Spruce, who he married in Janurary 1971.
Stephen Kings first publication was a short story he wrote and sent to a mens magazine. This is where his first profit from writing came from, throughout the few years after his graduation he worte stories and sold them to mens magazines. All of t
se short stories would be later gathered into a collection known as the Night Shift collection. In the fall of 71 King was hired as a teacher at Hampden Academy, a public high school in Hampden, Maine. He still found time to write short stories and
ork on his novel on the weekends and evenings.
Kings first big break came on the spring of 1973 upon the acceptence of Doubleday & Co. to publish Stephen Kings novel Carrie. After learning from his new editor, Bill Thompson, that a major paperback sale would make him financially secure enough to
uit teaching, Stephen moved his now growing family to southern Maine because of his grandmothers ever growing sickness. During the writing of Salems Lot Stephens mother grew ill and died of cancer at the age of 59.
Carrie was published in the spring of 1974. During the fall of the same year King moved his family to Boulder, Colorado. Stephen King wrote The Shining in the half of a year they lived in Colorado. They then returned to Maine in in the summer of 75
It was in his new house that King finished writing The Stand, which was set back in Boulder. Stephen King eventually moved back to the area around his college so he could teach creative writing as a professor.
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