Stephen King's Carrie and the Making of "A Goddamn Industry"

1 November 2017, 15:30 - 17:00
Cambridge campus

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Speaker: Dr. Helen Marshall 

In 1973, the American hardback publisher Doubleday bought Stephen King’s “cooker” of a debut novel Carrie for an advance of $2,500. Although the hardcover sales were modest, subsequently the paperback rights were sold to New American Library for $400,000. The sales figures, boosted by Brian De Palma’s 1976 cult movie, totaled nearly 4,000,000 copies, launching King out of obscurity and setting him on the path to becoming one of America’s bestselling novelists. This lecture will examine the publication history of Carrie and chart its influence on the creation of the horror genre in the 70s and 80s.

Event Details

1 November 2017, 15:30 - 17:00
Cambridge campus
LAB 109 (Harvard)

No booking is required for this event.