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    "The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed."

    Stephen King. The Complete Dark Tower Series. Signed and Matching Numbered Set, including:
    The Gunslinger. 1982. The Drawing of the Three. 1987. The Waste Lands. 1991. Wizard and Glass. 1997. Wolves of the Calla. 2003. Song of Susannah. 2004. and The Dark Tower. 2004. West Kingston, Rhode Island: Donald M. Grant Publisher Inc., [1982 - 1994].

    First editions, signed limited editions, all numbered 376 from limitation totals ranging from 500 to 1,500 copies. Each book has been signed by King, and by the artist that illustrated that book in the series: Michael Whelan, Phil Hale, Ned Dameron, Dave McKean, Bernie Wrightson, and Darrel Anderson. Seven octavo volumes. All books in this Dark Tower collection are in the original cloth-covered slipcases and dust jackets, and are in as-new condition (Dark Tower V and Dark Tower VII are still in publisher's shrink wrap). All books are unread and in very fine condition.

    Roland of Gilead's long march to the Dark Tower began in 1970, when University of Maine undergraduate Stephen King wrote the first few chapters of what many consider to be his greatest and most influential work. For the next quarter century, King crafted his dramatic tale, taking inspiration from all points of the compass. Robert Browning's narrative poem Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came provided King with a central motif and a name for his tough-as-boot-leather protagonist. Other influences include J.R.R. Tolkien, L. Frank Baum, Clifford D. Simak and the work of filmmakers such as John Sturges, Akira Kurosawa and, most importantly, Sergio Leone. Leone's sprawling spaghetti western The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, created the template for Roland - a distinctly Clint Eastwood-like figure - and for the alternately brutal and beautiful landscape through which he travels.

    It is not too far a stretch to call The Dark Tower the modern era's epic tale - our contemporary version of The Odyssey, so to speak. As author and literary critic Bill Sheehan notes: "The Dark Tower is a humane, visionary epic and a true magnum opus. It will be around for a very long time."


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    February, 2008
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