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THE DEAD ZONE

King, Stephen

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ISBN 10: 0670260770 / ISBN 13: 9780670260775
Published by The Viking Press, New York, 1979
Hardcover
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Very Good in a Very Good- supplied Seventh Printing dust jacket. Spine is slightly concave. Owner bookplate to front pastedown. Inked out owner name to FEP. Creasing to rear flap. Tear to jacket base at rear panel. ; 9.37 X 6.38 X 1.57 inches; 426 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 54935

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Title: THE DEAD ZONE

Publisher: The Viking Press, New York

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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A supernatural thriller that plunges the reader into the fate awaiting all mankind -- The Dead Zone.

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In the St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers, Gary Westfahl predicts that "King has already earned himself a place in the history of literature.... At the very least, he will enjoy the status of a latter-day Anthony Trollope, an author respected for his popularity and social commentary.... More likely, he will be enshrined as the Charles Dickens of the late 20th century, the writer who perfectly reflected, encapsulated, and expressed the characteristic concerns of his era."

If any of King's novels exemplifies his skill at portraying the concerns of his generation, it's The Dead Zone (1979). Although it contains a horrific subplot about a serial killer, it isn't strictly a horror novel. It's the story of an unassuming high school teacher, an Everyman, who suffers a gap in time--like a Rip Van Winkle who blacks out during the years 1970-75--and thus becomes acutely conscious of the way that American society is rapidly changing. He wakes up as well with a gap in his brain, the "dead zone" of the title. The zone gives him crippling headaches, but also grants him second sight, a talent he doesn't want and is reluctant to use. The crux of the novel concerns whether he will use that talent to alter the course of history.

The Dead Zone is a tight, well-crafted book. When asked in 1983 which of his novels so far was "the best," Stephen King answered, "The one that I think works the best is Dead Zone. It's the one that [has] the most story." --Fiona Webster

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