"Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not": First Editions of each Installment of The Green Mile; Each Volume Signed by Stephen King

  • The Green Mile.

The Green Mile.

Item Number: 2258

London: Penguin, 1996.

First edition of each of the six paperbacks published in self-contained monthly installments in 1996. Small octavo, 6 volumes. Each copy is signed by Stephen King on the title page. A very sharp set, showing only light shelfwear.

This novel taps into what Stephen King does best: character-driven storytelling. The setting is the small "death house" of a Southern prison in 1932. The charming narrator is an old man looking back on the events, decades later. Maybe it's a little too cute, maybe the pathos is laid on a little thick, but it's hard to resist the colorful personalities and simple wonders of this supernatural tale. As Time magazine put it, "Like the best popular art, The Green Mile has the courage of its cornier convictions ... the palpable sense of King's sheer, unwavering belief in his tale is what makes the novel work as well as it finally does." And it's not a bad choice for giving to someone who doesn't understand the appeal of Stephen King, because the one scene that is out-and-out gruesome can be easily skipped by the squeamish. The Green Mile was nominated for a 1997 Bram Stoker Award and was made into the well-received motion picture directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan.