The Shining is a 1977 horror novel by American author Stephen King. The title was inspired by the John Lennon song “Instant Karma!”, which contained the line “We all shine on…” It was King’s third published novel, and first hardback bestseller.
A film based upon the book,The Shining directed by Stanley Kubrick, was released in 1980.
Carrie was not only Stephen king’s first published novel, released on April 5, 1974. Carrie was also the first novel to be made into a movie in 1976. I felt that keeping up with the Stephen king month here at The Daily Bookwormit was only fitting that we start with King’s first success not only as a novel, but also his first success in the movies.
Stephen King got the idea for Carrie while working in a laundry. Some of the characters, like her religiously fanatical mother, were based on people who worked there with him. Stephen King based Carrie White on two girls he knew while at school, both were social outcasts from deeply religious families and both died while still in their twenties.
Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea Island, Portsmouth, England. He died on June 9, 1870, at Gads Hill Place, Rochester, United Kingdom. Spouse: Catherine Dickens (m. 1836–1858) Children: Charles Dickens, Jr, Kate Perugini, Mary Dickens.
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway was published in 1952. This was the last major work of fiction that Hemingway wrote. The Old Man and the Sea was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953. Hemingway received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.
This particular novel holds a special place in my heart. When I was just a wee little worm, I was in the hospital having my tonsils removed. It was late and I was unable to sleep one night. The midnight movie was…. that’s right you guessed it…The Old Man and the Sea. Now we all know that television never compares to the actual book, but the movie inspired me to read this novel later in life.
The Catcher in the Rye was published in 1951 by J. D. Salinger. It was originally published for adults, but soon became popular with adolescent readers for its theme of teenage alienation and desperation. Newspapers began publishing articles about the “Catcher Cult” as an icon for teenage rebellion. The Catcher in the Rye was a success; within two months of its publication