Carrie – Stephen King’s First Published Novel

Carrie is author Stephen King’s first published novel, released on April 5, 1974. Set primarily in the then-future year of 1979, it’s focused on Carrie White, an outcast, bullied high school girl who uses telekinetic powers to take revenge on her tormentors. Much of the book is presented as a series of documents, – newspaper clippings, magazine articles, letters, and excerpts from books – explaining how Carrie destroyed the fictional town of Chamberlain, Maine while striking back at her sadistic classmates.

Several adaptations of Carrie have been released, including a 1976 feature film with Sissy Spacek in the lead role, a 1988 Broadway musical, a 1999 feature film sequel, a 2002 television movie, and a 2013 feature film remake.

The book, one of the most frequently banned works in United States schools, stands as one of the seventies most memorable novels. King’s long and successful career essentially began with Carrie.