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Critical Insights: Stephen King

Stephen King has been terrorizing America ever since Carrie was published in 1974. For nearly forty years, he has fed our imaginations with a panoply of spooks and monsters, from telekinetic teenagers, vampires, and malevolent clowns to space aliens, crazed fans, haunted hotels, and our own psyches. Moreover, he is one of the country's most commercially successful writers: His books regularly shoot to the tops of best-seller lists, and in 2009 alone he earned an estimated $30 million. Yet for all of King's popular success, critics have long been hesitant to welcome him into the pantheon of American literature.

This volume in the Critical Insights series brings together a variety of perspectives on King's contribution to American literature and popular culture. Topics include how King has attempted to straddle the gap between popular fiction and serious literature, reviews of King's popular and critical reception, and metafictional elements in his works.

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