The Author

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Stephen King is the author of over 50 books, all worldwide bestsellers. His works have become a strong element of American culture, with many being adapted into successful films, including The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, and It. King lives in Bangor, Maine, and many of his works are set in Maine or surrounding areas of New England. Many of the main characters in his stories are authors, publishers, or serve similar jobs, much like himself.

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Why is this Significant?

King’s apparent failure to attempt to remove many autobiographical elements from his books could be viewed as somewhat important in one’s interpretation of remaining story elements. As King does not remove these aspects from his stories, it may be somewhat fair to assume that other elements may be somewhat autobiographical, and that beliefs expressed in his novels could be similar to ones held by King himself. This is possibly reinforced by the ending line in the “About the Author” section of the novel, which informs us that King does not own a cell phone. Although King has not publicly commented on whether this has changed, it is fair to say that at the time of the publishing of Cell, King held a seemingly cautious view of technology, and of cell phones in particular.