Stephen King

Author of Eleven twenty-two sixty-three and 150+ Books

Stephen King
Stephen King

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The second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King was born to Stephen Edwin King. He and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother after his father left them when Stephen was two. He spent parts of his childhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where at the time his father's family was, and in Stratford, Connecticut. His mother brought her kids back to Durham, Maine, for good when Stephen was eleven. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, ... were disabled by old age, and her sisters persuaded Ruth King to take over their physical care. Other members of the family provided financial support and a small house in Durham. After Stephens' grandparents passed away, Mrs. King found work in Pineland's kitchens, a nearby mentally challenged residential facility. Stephen attended Durham Grammar School and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. He wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS, from his sophomore year at the University of Maine in Orono. He came on campus to support the anti-war movement, arriving at his position from a conservative point of view that Vietnam's war was unconstitutional. He graduated with a B.A. in English in 1970, and was qualified for high school teaching. A draft board examination immediately after graduation found him 4-F because of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums. He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the University's Fogler Library, where they both worked as students; they married in January 1971. As Stephen was unable to find immediate placement as a teacher, the Kings lived on his earnings. Many were collected in the collection of the Night Shift or appeared in other anthologies. Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine, in the fall of 1971. He continued to produce short stories and work on novels in the evenings and on the weekends.READ MORE

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