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Stephen Edwin King a popular American writer was born in Portland Maine on September 21 1949 He is a storyteller who plots to explore the effects of evil and fear Academic American Encyclopedia 81 World Book 323 Stephen King goes by many names or pseudonyms and they are Richard Bachman and John SwithenMajor 20th Century Writers 1626 He said I just want to scare people Im very humble about that He has won both critical acclaim and enormous popular success Academic American Encyclopedia 81 Discovering Authors Jr CD-ROM King thinks of himself as a regular guy and really is one although he does lives in a Victorian mansion with his wife and children Aside from his writing he also owns a rock and roll AM radio station and his own publishing company His favorite hobbies are doing jigsaw puzzles bowling playing the guitar and going to the movies Discovering Authors Jr CD-ROM His father Donald was a merchant sailor and his mother was Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King One day his dad went out for a pack of cigarettes and never came back After their parents separated Stephen and his adopted older brother David lived with their mother moving back and forth between Massachusetts and Maine His mother took a job working in a laundry and a bakery to support the family and pay the rent on the house He wrote his first book at the age of seven and went to high school at Hampden Academy in Maine He held jobs a janitor a laborer in an industrial laundry and worked in a knitting mill during his childhood Discovering Authors Jr CD-ROM Geier Computer Stephen majored in English and got his Bachelors degree at the University of Maine at Orono On January 2 1971 he married Tabitha Jane Spruce who was a novelist Stephen and his wife had three children they were Naomi Rachel Joseph Hill and Owen Phillip Stephen King is a member of
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