Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his parents separated when Stephen was a toddler, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of the elderly couple.
Stephen Edwin King The second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King was born on 1974 in Portland, Maine. His name was Stephen Edwin King. After his parents serpertion as a toddler, Stephen and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Stephen, David, and their mother lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which was where Stephen's father's side of the family lived. They then moved to Stratford, Connecticut, that was where Stephen King spent most of his childhood paying frequent visits to his mother's side of the family that resided in Malden, Massachusetts and Pownal, Maine.
At the age of twelve, Stephen’s small family moved back to Maine (Stephen King.com 1-2). Stephen showed an interest in writing at a young age. When he was growing up his brother would allow Stephen to write articles for “Dave’s Rag”, his brothers independently published newspaper (Full Biography 2). Throughout his childhood he would read articles from horror comics and become inspired. He began to write short stories and sell them to his mother’s friends for a nickel (King On Writing 15).
King also has one brother who is older than him named David. During the time he was little, Stephen was into scary things from the start and he had always watch and listen to scary stories, which later inspire him to create his own. King then grew up and attended school at the University of Maine in Orono. While there he met the person who would later become his wife, Tabitha. Also while in college, King wrote up his first short story which was featured in Startling Mystery Stories magazine.
The reason Steinbeck enrolled to Stanford was to please his parents; to please himself he only signed up for classes that interested him; such as classical and British literature [Dr. Susan Shillinglaw]. Steinbeck’s passion was writing, not only during his Stanford life but throughout his whole life. The President of the English Club said that Steinbeck, who went to meetings regularly, asked Steinbeck to read his stories out loud. In the 1920’s Steinbeck developed a “biological” view of human nature because he took literature and biology, a perspective that highly influenced his fiction. From 1919 to 1925, Steinbeck left Stanford without getting a degree, Steinbeck dropped in and out of the University, sometimes to work with migrants on California ranches.
All of these authors were influential to him, but none more than the famous H. G. Wells (Grebstein 24). He accomplished all this during college while keeping two or more jobs at one time and writing for several papers along with his own books that he wrote. In October of 1906 he left school for a few months and stayed with his brother in his utopian colony in New Jersey. A few months later he remembered the work ethics his father taught him and went back to school and got his degree in 1907.
When he was only twelve, he began submitting stories to professional magazines, and he started his first novel in high school. He made his first fiction book sale when he was 20 years old, after graduating high school. Stephen attended the University of Maine to major in English, which he graduated from college in 1970. Life was tough for King in 1970, although he married Tabitha Spruce and had three children. He worked in a Laundromat, was a high school teacher, and continued to write on the side to support his family.
The young not-yet poet became interested in reading and writing poetry during his years in high school (3). Frost published his first poem in his school's magazine. After graduating, Frost went to Dartmouth long enough to get into the Theta Delta Chi fraternity (4). Frost passed the entrance exams for Harvard, but instead attended Dartmouth in 1892, because it was cheaper, but also because his grandfather blamed Harvard for the bad habits of William. Frost stayed at Dartmouth for less than a term, then left (5).
He received an A in English Literature and this was also the time when he was writing for the New York Tribune. Although he lost his position the following year, journalism remained a main principle of support towards his successful future. (“Stephen Crane Biography”) In the year 1893 the novella, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets was written and ready to be published. This became almost impossible due to publishers considering it too risky and didn't find it appropriate to be out for the public to read. Being only 22 years old, Crane financed the... ... middle of paper ... ...rrhage on the 29th of December, he sufficiently recovered, that January, beginning to then work on a new novel, The O’Ruddy.
By the time Stephen was seven years old, he wrote his first short story. He also was a fan of the 50’s horror movies, which inspired him to write in the science fiction field. Stephen’s stories were also influenced by the nineteenth century gothic tradition, especially the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. King as a teenager, joined the football team, played in a rock band, yet still had two of his short stories published. King started his actually writing career in January of 1959 when he and his brother David decided to publish their own local newspaper.