"The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet": First Edition of The Stand; Inscribed by Stephen King
Item Number: 117455
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1978.
First edition of the author’s fourth novel. Thick octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Sid- With all best wishes – Stephen King 5/2/80.” Fine (without the usual sag associated with this bulky volume) in a fine dust jacket without wear. Jacket illustration by John Cayea. A superior example, uncommon in this condition and signed.
"I love to burn things up," King says. "It's the werewolf in me, I guess.... The Stand was particularly fulfilling, because there I got a chance to scrub the whole human race, and man, it was fun! ... Much of the compulsive, driven feeling I had while I worked on The Stand came from the vicarious thrill of imagining an entire entrenched social order destroyed in one stroke." "There is much to admire in The Stand: the vivid thumbnail sketches with which King populates a whole landscape with dozens of believable characters; the deep sense of nostalgia for things left behind; the way it subverts our sense of reality by showing us a world we find familiar, then flipping it over to reveal the darkness underneath. Anyone who wants to know, or claims to know, the heart of the American experience needs to read this book" (Fiona Webster). It was the basis for the 1994 American television miniseries. King also wrote the teleplay and had a minor role in the series. It was directed by Mick Garris and stars Gary Sinise, Miguel Ferrer, Rob Lowe, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Jamey Sheridan, Laura San Giacomo, Molly Ringwald, Corin Nemec, Adam Storke, Ray Walston, and Matt Frewer.