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Stephen King's Biography

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Stephen King was born in Portland in Maine in 1947. His parents split up when Stephen was two, when his father Donald King, a merchant marine, walked out.

He studied English at the University of Maine, where he met his wife-to-be Tabitha Spruce in the Fogler Library. They married in January 1971.

In an interview with Stephen King he explained his early career: "I started to sell short fiction to men's magazines while I was in college. I got married six or seven months after graduating, and for two years I sold maybe six stories a year, and I had the money I was making teaching, too, and it was a decent income."

Stephen King then had a lean spell, but it was turned around when his wife retrieved the manuscript of Carrie from the bin.

Stephen King went on to write more than forty novels, selling hundreds of millions of books worldwide, including well-known best-sellers such as The Shining, and Misery.

Stephen King is 6ft 4in tall and weighs 200lbs.

He also writes under the pseudonym, Richard Bachman.

In 2003 Stephen King was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the US National Book Awards.

On June 19, 1999 Stephen King was run into by a wayward camper van, maiming him for life. He wrote about the experience in his book, On Writing.

Stephen King has various phobias including arachnophobia, claustrophobia, agoraphobia and triskaidekaphobia.

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