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Stephen King "The Green Mile" ARC Proof Set, Limited First Edition, First Printing, Volumes 1-5 [Fine/Near Fine]
Stephen King "The Green Mile" ARC Proof Sets Volumes 1-5 [Fine/Near Fine]

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Fine/Near Fine in a Fine leather bound clam-shell case. See description for details.

Edition: Signet, 1996
Binding: Glossy Printed Wrapper
Illustrator: ARC Proof
Dimensions: Fine/Near Fine

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Product Code: SK606

A rare set for the avid Stephen King collector.

Signet USA, 1996. Stephen King "The Green Mile" Series, ARC Volumes 1-5. Glossy printed paperbacks. This set includes Volumes 1-5 of 6 volumes. The exceedingly rare final volume #6, of which only 6 proofs were made, is not included. This is the only full set of proofs available. "Uncorrected Proof" Review Slips are inside copy #2, #3, #4 and #5.

The Green Mile, Part 1: The Two Dead Girls.
Condition: Fine. Only 24 Advanced Reader Proofs printed. March, 1996. 92 pages. Includes a letter dated January 3, 1996, to Nina King at The Washington Post, which accompanied the proof.

They were sisters, and the picture-perfect image of innocence. No one understood their brutal deaths, not even the man who killed them. But John Coffey is about to gain a new insight, about his life in prison, and about the one man who will walk him down that green mile.

The Green Mile, Part 2: The Mouse on the Mile
Condition: Fine. Only 72 Advanced Reader Proofs printed. April, 1996. 96 pages. Includes "Uncorrected Proof" Review Slip and a letter dated March 22, 1996, to Nina King at The Washington Post.

A mouse moves into Cold Mountain Penitentiary and breaks up the monotony for the three death row inmates.

The Green Mile, Part 3: Coffey's Hands
Condition: Fine. Only 72 Advanced Reader Proofs printed. May, 1996. 96 pages. Includes "Uncorrected Proof" Review Slip.

John Coffey, the brutal killer of two girls, reveals something extraordinary, and life on the Green Mile will never be the same again.

The Green Mile, Part 4: The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix
Condition: Fine. Only 72 Advanced Reader Proofs printed. June, 1996. 96 pages. Includes "Uncorrected Proof" Review Slip

Time has run out for one of the inmates at the Cold Mountain penitentiary. Eduard Delacroix is set to take that final walk down the Green Mile. But first he must say good-bye -- to the guards, to his fellow inmates, and to a strange creature that forever changed his life. Little does he know of the terrible fate that awaits him, and of a devilish plan of revenge.

The Green Mile, Part 5: Night Journey
Condition: Near Fine. Small crease on cover, edge is a bit creased and wavy. Only 72 Advanced Reader Proofs printed. July, 1996. 96 pages. Includes "Uncorrected Proof" Review Slip.

Paul Edgecombe and his fellow guards take a huge gamble by taking convicted killer John Coffey away from Death Row in the dead of night to bring him to the bedside of a woman writhing in torment.

About The Green Mile:

The Green Mile is a serial novel by Stephen King, later republished with all six volumes in a trade paperback.

More or less as a challenge, Stephen King published this story as a serial in six parts. Just as in Charles Dickens' time, the story was crafted while the book was already in production. In keeping with the serial concept, the first edition consists of six thin, low-priced paperbacks:

Part 1: The Two Dead Girls
Part 2: The Mouse on the Mile
Part 3: Coffey's Hands
Part 4: The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix
Part 5: Night Journey
Part 6: Coffey On The Mile

When The Green Mile first appeared, serialized as one volume per month, Stephen King’s The Green Mile was an unprecedented publishing triumph: all six volumes ended up on the New York Times bestseller list—simultaneously—and delighted millions of fans the world over.

Since then, The Green Mile has been republished as a single volume. The first edition contains a section where the narrator speaks directly to the reader; the later edition contains an additional foreword. The novel was left otherwise untouched, though King did change one passage where a character in a straitjacket wipes his brow (a mistake that initially slipped past both him and his editor).

The setting for Cold Mountain State Penitentiary is inspired by Louisiana State Penitentiary, although unlike in the book, Louisiana only instated the electric chair in 1938, while the book is set in 1932.

The novel was adapted by Frank Darabont for the screenplay of a feature film of the same name in 1999, directed by Darabont, starring Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecombe and Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey. The setting is changed from 1932 to 1935 in order to include the film Top Hat, which doesn't appear in the book.

Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with “Old Sparky,” Cold Mountain’s electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he’s never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs...and yours.


The Green Mile won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel in 1996. In 1997, The Green Mile was nominated as Best Novel for the British Fantasy Award and the Locus Award.

About The Author:

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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