Hearts in Suspension - Signed by Stephen King

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Personally signed by Stephen King. One of only 400 signed copies.

The University of Maine Press, Orono, Maine, published November 7, 2016. Stephen King. Hardcover book with dust-jacket. Personally signed by the author Stephen King directly onto the title page of the book. One of only 400 copies signed by Stephen King for this publication, with no more signed copies planned. Very Scarce. First edition of this title was limited to 30,000 copies. The hardcover book and dust-jacket is in New, Unread Condition, without any discernible flaws.



This publication marks the 50th anniversary of Stephen King’s entrance into the University of Maine at Orono in the fall of 1966. The accelerating war in Vietnam and great social upheaval at home exerted a profound impact on students of the period and deeply influenced King’s development as a writer and as a man.

King’s fictional treatment of this experience in his novella “Hearts in Atlantis” (reprinted in this volume) tracks his youthful avatar, Peter Riley, through the awakenings and heartbreak of his turbulent first year at UMaine. In his accompanying essay, “Five to One, One in Five,” written expressly for this volume, King sheds his fictional persona and takes on the challenge of a nonfiction return to his undergraduate experience. The stereoscopic combination of these narratives, told with King’s characteristic blend of canny insight and self-deprecating humor, create a revealing portrait of the artist as young man and a ground-level tableau of this highly charged time.

In addition, twelve fellow students and friends from King’s college days contribute personal narratives recalling their own experience of those years. These recollections—engaged, irreverent, and affecting—bring dimension and texture to the collective witnessing of a formative time in their lives and a defining moment in the country’s history.

This book also includes four installments of King’s never-before-reprinted student newspaper column, “King’s Garbage Truck.” These lively examples of  King’s damn-the-torpedoes style, entertaining and shrewd in their youthful perceptions, more than hint at a talent about to take its place in the American literary landscape.

A gallery of period photographs and documents augments this volume.

Edited by Jim Bishop.



Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books—all of them bestsellers. His recent work includes Mr. Mercedes, Revival, Doctor Sleep, Finders Keepers, and Under the Dome, a major TV series on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by the New York Times Book Review, and it was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Novel Award from the International Thriller Writers. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2015 President Barack Obama presented King with the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to literature. Stephen King lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.




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Jan 26th 2021

Hearts in Suspension - signed edition

I was in 8th grade when I first read Hearts in Atlantis, a collection of short stories and novellas that has resonated with me since then. King taught me what the world of adults was like and why it was so dramatically and closely similar to the world of children: wars, social revolutions, the painful comeback of memories. Hearts in Suspension is a beautiful account of those times and emotions. The copy I received from Gerald was carefully and thoroughly wrapped; besides, Gerald is extremely kind and has promptly provided assistance since the very first moment after I placed the order. I strongly recommend purchasing this book from Gerald!

Jun 19th 2020

Hearts in Suspension signed edition

Excellent service. Book very well packaged. Fast shipment. Gerald was a great, courteous, and went above and beyond to help. Highly recommended.

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