The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel Art
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The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel

The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel Art


October 2000

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They call death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary “The Green Mile.” John Coffey, sentenced to die for the rape and murder of two young girls, is the latest addition to the Mile. Paul Edgecomb, the ward superintendent, discovers that there is more to John Coffey than meets the eye, for this friendly giant has the power to heal. 

This edition includes "Foreword: A Letter" by King and a new introduction by Stephen's agent, Ralph Vicinanza.  Frontispiece and six illustrations by Mark Geyer.

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"King has written a Depression-era prison novel that's as hauntingly touching as it is just plain haunted... One of his freshest and most frightening works to date."


Set in the 1930s at the Cold Mountain Penitentiary's death-row facility, The Green Mile is the riveting and tragic story of John Coffey, a giant, preternaturally gentle inmate condemned to death for the rape and murder of twin nine-year-old girls. It is a story narrated years later by Paul Edgecomb, the ward superintendent compelled to help every prisoner spend his last days peacefully and every man walk the green mile to execution with his humanity intact.

Edgecomb has sent seventy-eight inmates to their date with "old sparky," but he's never encountered one like Coffey—a man who wants to die, yet has the power to heal. And in this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecomb discovers the terrible truth about Coffey's gift, a truth that challenges his most cherished beliefs—and ours.

Originally published in 1996 in six self-contained monthly installments, The Green Mile is an astonishingly rich and complex novel that delivers over and over again. Each individual volume became a huge success when first published, and all six were on the New York Times bestseller list simultaneously. Three years later, when Frank Darabont made The Green Mile into an award-winning movie starring Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan, the book returned to the bestseller list--and stayed there for months.

And now—with a new introduction by King's foreign agent Ralph Vicinanza, as well as the author's own foreword&mdasah;we have the first hardcover edition of this magnificent novel in which "King surpasses our expectations, leaves us spellbound and hungry for the next twist of plot" (The Boston Globe).

With illustrations and a new frontispiece for this edition by Mark Geyer.


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Detterick's pet dog
Mr. Jingles
Eduard Delacroix's pet mouse. He was originally called Steamboat Willy.
Sir Galahad
A dog owned by the Hammersmiths.
Steamboat Willie
The original name for Mr. Jingles.
?, Christopher
Grandson of Paul Edgecombe
?, Danielle
Granddaughter of Paul Edgecombe
?, Hermoine
Maiden aunt of Eduard Delacroix
?, Lionel
Great-grandson of Paul Edgecombe
?, Tessa
Third grandchild of Paul Edgecombe
Anderson, Curtis
Chief assistant to Hal Moores at Cold Mountain.
Austen, Jane
Avery, Kent
Resident at Georgia Pines retirement home
Battle, ?
Guard at Cold Mountain
Bitterbuck, Arlen (The Chief)
Death row prisoner at Cold Mountain.
Bitterman, Hank
Guard at Cold Mountain
Bonney, Will
The real name of Billy the Kid, and the name used by William Wharton to the Detterick's when he painted their barn.
Broderick, Sam
Head of the machine shop at Cold Mountain
Catlett, ?
Sheriff who Paul Edgecombe spoke to about William Wharton
Coffey, John
6-foot, 8-inch black prisoner convicted of killing the 2 Detterick twins in 1932.
Connelly, Elaine
Paul Edgecombe's friend at the Georgia Pines retirement home.
Cray, ?
Family in Trapingus area
Cribus, Homer
Trapingus County High Sheriff
Cribus, Mrs.
Wife of Homer.
David, Jeff
Mentioned in passing
Delacroix, Eduard
E block prisoner at Cold Mountain.
Delfines, Roy
Lived down the road from Paul Edgecombe as a child.
Detterick, Cora
Murdered twin sister of Kathe. Daughter of Klaus and Marjorie
Detterick, Howard
Son of Klaus and Marjorie.
Detterick, Kathe
Murdered twin sister of Cora. Daughter of Klaus and Marjorie
Detterick, Klaus
Cotton plantation owner and father of Cora and Kathe, the 2 murdered girls and also Howard, his only son. Husband of Marjorie.
Detterick, Marjorie
Wife of Klaus and mother of Cora and Kathe.
Dodge, Bill
In charge of moving the infirmary at Cold Mountain, and a floating guard.
Dolan, Brad
Cleaner at the Georgia Pines retirement home.
Donaldson, Pastor
Pastor for the Moores family.
Duplissey, ?
Family in Trapingus area
Edgecombe, Janice
Wife of Paul.
Edgecombe, Paul
E Block Superintendent who presided over 78 executions. Husband of Janice.
Edgecombe, Paul (Sr)
Uncle of Paul Edgecombe.
Flanders, Arthur (The President)
Prisoner at Cold Mountain on E block, but had his sentence reduced to life in prison.
Gibbons, Toot-Toot
Old inmate who delivered things around the penitentiary, and filled in for the prisoners during the trial executions.
Hammersmith, Arden
Daughter of Burt and Cynthia, and twin sister of Caleb.
Hammersmith, Burt
Reporter on the Detterick twins murders. He spoke to Paul Edgecombe about what happened behind the scenes.
Hammersmith, Caleb
Son of Burt and Cynthia, and twin brother of Arden.
Hammersmith, Cynthia
Wife of Burt and mother of Caleb and Arden.
Hannah, Miss
Secretary of Hal Moores at Cold Mountain.
Haverstrom, Dr.
Doctor of Melinda Moores.
Hollis, Sam
Large man who was kept near Klaus Detterick when they were searching for the girls.
Hoover, Herbert
Politician mentioned by Dean Stanton
Howell, Brutus (Brutal)
Guard at Cold Mountain in E block.
Howland, Chuck
Resident at Georgia Pines retirement home
Javits, Mrs.
Resident at Georgia Pines retirement home
Magnusson, ?
Worked in the Registration section at Cold Mountain.
Manfred, Elmer
Prisoner in E Block - executed in about July or August 1930.
Marchant, Bobo
Owner of the dogs that tracked the 2 Detterick girls.
Matuomi, Beverly
The "free name" given to Beverly McCall by her spirit father in a dream.
McCall, Beverly
Female in E block. Also known as Beverly Matuomi.
McCall, Lester (Cutter)
Cheating husband of Beverly. A hairdresser.
McGee, Rob
Deputy sheriff who helped in the search for the Detterick Twins.
Moores, Hal
Warden of Cold Mountain, and husband of Melinda.
Moores, Melinda
Wife of Hal.
Mulford, Clarence
Mentioned in passing.
Peterson, George
Prosecutor in John Coffey's trial.
Price, Eva
Owned a boarding house in Tefton
Ray, Anthony
Hatchet killer.
Ringgold, ?
Guard at Cold Mountain
Robinette, ?
Family in Trapingus area
Roosevelt, ?
Politician mentioned by Dean Stanton
Ross, Betsy
Mentioned in passing
Sadler, Dr.
Doctor of the Edgecombe's.
Schuster, Brother
Minister from Heavenly Light Baptist Church
Shurtleff, Daphne
17-year-old black lover of Homer Cribus
Stanton, Dean
Guard at Cold Mountain who worked in E Block.
Terwilliger, Harry
Guard at Cold Mountain who worked in E Block.
Van Hay, Jack
Guard at Cold Mountain.
Wetmore, Percy
Guard at Cold Mountain.
Wettermark, Rolfe
Guard at Cold Mountain.
Wharton, Mrs.
Mother of William.
Wharton, William (Wild Bill)
Prisoner of E block.
Widmark, Richard
Actor who bore a close resemblance to William Wharton.
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