The Road to The Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus

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Penguin, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 350 pages
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In 1970, Stephen King embarked on what would become the crowning achievement in his literary career-the Dark Tower. The seven-volume series, written and published over a period of 30 years, was inspired by Robert Browning's poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came," as well as J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and the spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone.

With the full cooperation of Stephen King himself, The Road to the Dark Tower examines the epic journey of the author to complete a story that threatened to overwhelm him. In this indispensable companion, Bev Vincent presents a book-by-book analysis of each volume in the series, tracing the Dark Tower's connections to King's other novels including The Stand, Insomnia, and Hearts in Atlantis, and offering insights from the author about the creative process involved in crafting his lifelong work-a work that has consumed not only Stephen King, but his legion of devoted readers. This is essential reading for any Dark Tower-or Stephen King-fan.

 

 

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User Review  - Frenzie - LibraryThing

The book contains some interesting information, but as a straight read it can be a bit repetitive. Simultaneously it can be hard to know what you can and cannot safely skip. Read full review

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User Review  - drebbles - LibraryThing

Having finished the Dark Tower books, but not willing to leave Roland and his ka-tet quite yet, I read The Road To The Dark Tower to take one more trip into Roland's world. I wasn't disappointed. The ... Read full review

Contents

The Long Journey to the Tower
5
The Gunslinger RESUMPTION
28
The Drawing of the Three RENEWAL
52
The Waste Lands REDEMPTION
72
Wolves of the Calla RESISTANCE
115
Song of Susannah REPRODUCTION
137
The Dark Tower RESUMPTION
158
Dramatis Personae
222
Epics Influences and Ka
275
Art and the Act of Creation
296
MidWorld Glossary
331
Synopses and notes from
337
REFERENCES AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
349
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About the author (2004)

Bev Vincent is the author of over two dozen short stories and the Stephen King column, News from the Dead Zone, featured in Cemetery Dance magazine.

 

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