Stephen Edwin King Biography

Stephen Edwin King Biography

Childhood of Stephen Edwin King

Born in the year 1947, Stephen Edwin King was the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. His birthplace was Poland, Main. His parents lived separately when Stephen was a kid. He and his older brother, David, were brought up by his mother.

Education of Stephen Edwin King

Stephen studied grammar at Durham and subsequently at Lisbon Falls High School. During study at University of Maine at Orono, he wrote for the school newspaper, “The Maine Campus”. He was also a participant of the Student Senate. He earned his degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970 and qualified to teach  high school level. But he was denied of this assignment on grounds of high blood pressure, flat feet, limited vision, and punctured eardrums.

Writing Pieces of Stephen Edwin King

In 1971 he married Tabitha Spruce, whom he met in the Fogler Library at the University of Maine at Orono. Stephen published his initial short story "The Glass Floor" to “Startling Mystery Stories” in 1967. In the initial years of his marriage, he sold stories to men's magazines. In the fall of 1971, Stephen started teaching at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. He kept writing in the evenings and on weekends  continued to produce short stories and kept working on novels.

Life After Leaving Teaching Job

In 1973 his novel “Carrie” got published. The same year Stephen came to know from his new editor at Doubleday that a leading paperback sale would offer him the opportunity to leave teaching and start writing as a full time career.

Series of Novels

In 1973, the Kings shifted their family to southern Maine due to his mother's poor health. Stephen penned his next-published novel, which was initially titled “Second Coming” and then “Jerusalem's Lot”, before it finally named as 'Salem's Lot. During this time his mother died of cancer at 59.


Carrie came to market in the spring of 1974. The Kings left Maine for Boulder, Colorado the same fall. After spending one year there he returned to Maine in the summer of 1975. The Kings brought a house in the Lakes Region of western Maine. Here he completed his writing “The Stand”.

Homes at Bangor and Maine

In 1980, he purchased one more home in Bangor. Stephen and Tabitha stayed in Florida during winters and the other months at their Bangor and Center Lovell homes.

Other Contributions of Stephen Edwin King

Stephen and Tabitha offer scholarships to students of regional high school. They are also instrumental in contributing to nearby local and national charities. Stephen is the 2003 winner of” The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters”.

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