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On writing : a memoir of the craft / by Stephen King.


This volume "really contains two books: a fondly sardonic autobiography and a tough-love lesson for aspiring novelists", written by American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy, Stephen King (b. 1947). The first third of the book contains King's memoir, which includes heartfelt tidbits about his brother, mother and his long battles with alcohol and drug addiction. The second part of the book, "On Writing," is where aspiring novelists might find inspiration. King describes the symbolism in many of his novels and offers writers common sense advice. He presents his taboos of writing: adverbs (especially those in dialog) and the passive voice. He describes his writer's toolbox, including examples of both good and bad writing, sometimes taken from his own work, sometimes taken from other writers. He also describes his approach to research. King concludes by including a list of nearly a hundred novels that he considers the best that he's read in the last three or four years.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780684853529
  • ISBN: 0684853523
  • ISBN: 9780965032841
  • ISBN: 0965032841
  • ISBN: 9780743211536
  • ISBN: 0743211537
  • ISBN: 9781439156810
  • ISBN: 1439156816
  • ISBN: 9781439193631
  • ISBN: 1439193630
  • ISBN: 9780743455961
  • ISBN: 0743455967
  • ISBN: 9780671024253
  • ISBN: 0671024256
  • Physical Description: 288 pages ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2000.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Publisher and pagination may vary.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-288).
Target Audience Note:
1110L Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.4 13 74610.
Subject: King, Stephen, 1947-
King, Stephen, 1947- > Authorship.
Authors, American > 20th century > Biography.
Horror tales > Authorship.
Genre: Autobiographies.

Available copies

  • 70 of 85 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 3 of 3 copies available at Fontana Regional Library.


  • 3 current holds with 85 total copies.
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Hudson (Fontana) Bio & Memoir KING (Text) 39493104049004 Adult Biography Available -
Jackson County Public Library 813.54 K (Text) 39493107728810 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Marianna Black Library B KING (Text) 39493109025330 Adult Biography Available -