Stephen King

By: Jacqui Gawlowicz

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  • Born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine
  • Parents separated when he was a toddler; him and brother, David, raised by mother
  • Some parts of childhood was spent with his father in Stratford, Connecticut and in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • When King was eleven, his mother brought him and his brother back to Durham, Maine for good


  • His first obstacle was his parents divorce; though they split when he was young, it was difficult for him to keep up with moving between parents and moving between different states
  • When he started his family, they did not have a lot of money, so they had to live in a trailer
  • When he became a high school teacher, he was very busy grading and teaching that he did not have a lot of time for writing. Felt as though he was trapped and would not be able to writer ever again. He didn't quit the job, because he wanted to have enough money for his family
  • He struggles with trying to break from his known genre (horror). When he wrote a satire called Needful Things, those who read it thought it was peculiar. Wants to try new things but gets looked down upon it
  • One time, when walking home, he got hit by a truck. Nearly dying, it was an obstacle to recover

Overcoming Obstacles

  • He worked very hard to get enough money to support his family
  • Every time he had the chance, he would write (in between work, taking care of family, etc.)
  • Had a strong mentality, never quit
  • When injured by a car accident, he had to take time for himself to heal. Spent three weeks having operations on him and gotten released from hospital shortly after


  • Written 56 novels in his lifetime (currently 68 years old)
  • Many of his novels turned into movies; such as, It, The Shining, Carrie and many more
  • His books have been translated into 33 different languages and published in 35 different countries
  • He has reached over 300 million copies of his novels, this number growing everyday
  • Is the most successful American writer in history
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