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The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition by [William Peter Blatty]
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Editorial Reviews


"There are not many readers who will be unmoved. Well researched, written in a literate style, The Exorcist is to most other books of its kind as an Einstein equation is to an accountant's column of figures." -- The New York Times

"Suspense that never lets up.!" -- Publishers Weekly

"Holds its readers in a vise-like grip that is worthy Poe." -- L.A. Times

"A stunning achievement!" -- The London Sunday Express

From the Author

 In January 1968, I  rented a cabin in Lake Tahoe, California to start
 a novel about demonic possession that I'd been thinking  about
 for many years. I'd been driven to it, actually: I was a writer of
 comic novels and farcical screenplays such as A Shot  in the Dark
 with almost all of my income derived from films; but because the
 season for "funny"  had abruptly turned dry and no studio would
 hire me for anything non-comedic, I had reached James Thurber's
 stage of desperation when, as he wrote in a "Preface to His Life,"
 comedy writers sometimes take to "calling their home from their
 office, or their office from their home, asking for themselves, and
 then hanging up in hard-breathing relief upon being told they
 "weren't in.'" My breaking point came, I suppose, when at the Van
  Nuys, California, unemployment office I spotted my movie agent
  in a line three down from mine. And so the cabin in Tahoe where I
 was destined to become the caretaker in Stephen King's terrifying
 The Shining, typing my version of "All work and no play makes
 Jack a dull boy" hour after hour, day after day, for over six weeks as
 I kept changing the date in my opening  paragraph from "April 1"
 to April something else, because each time I would read the page
 aloud, the rhythm of the lines seemed to change, a maddening
 cycle of emptiness and insecurity -- magnified, I suppose, by the
 fact that I had no clear plot for the novel in mind --  that continued
 until I at last gave up the cabin  and hoped for better luck back
 "home," a clapboard raccoon-surrounded  guest house in the hills
 of  Encino owned by a former Hungarian opera star who had
 purchased the property from the luminous film actress, Angela
 Lansbury, and where  I finally overcame the block by realizing  that
 I was starting the novel in the wrong place, namely the Georgetown
 section of Washington, D.C., as opposed to northern Iraq. Almost a
 year later I completed a first draft of the novel. At the request of my
 editors at Harper and Row, I did make two  quick changes: cleaning
 up Chris MacNeil's potty mouth, and  making the ending "less obvious."
 But because of a dire financial circumstance, I had not another day
 to devote to the manuscript, so that when I received a life-saving
 offer to adapt Calder Willingham's novel Providence Island for Paul
 Newman's film company, I  instantly virtually shouted an acceptance
 and left my novel to find its fate. For most of these past forty years I
 have rued not having done a second draft, carefully polishing both
 dialogue and prose while allowing for the chance of new invention.
 But now, like an answer to a prayer, this fortieth anniversary  of the
 novel  has given me not only the opportunity to do another draft,  but
 to do it at a time in my life -- I will be 84 this coming January -- when
 it might not be totally unreasonable to hope that my  abilities, such as
 they are, have at least somewhat improved, and for all of this I happily
 exclaim, "Deo gratias!"
                                                             -- William Peter Blatty

Product details

  • File Size : 710 KB
  • Publication Date : October 4, 2011
  • Print Length : 403 pages
  • Publisher : Harper (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: : English
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • ASIN : B004V5180G
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 1,587 ratings