The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

The Exorcist

byWilliam Peter Blatty

Mass Market Paperback | May 28, 2013

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Originally published in 1971, The Exorcist is now a major television series on FOX. It remains one of the most controversial novels ever written and went on to become a literary phenomenon: It spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, seventeen consecutively at number one. Inspired by a true story of a child’s demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty created an iconic novel that focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. A small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals must rescue Regan from her unspeakable fate, and the drama that ensues is gripping and unfailingly terrifying.

Two years after its publication, The Exorcist was, of course, turned into a wildly popular motion picture, garnering ten Academy Award nominations. On opening day of the film, lines of the novel’s fans stretched around city blocks. In Chicago, frustrated moviegoers used a battering ram to gain entry through the double side doors of a theater. In Kansas City, police used tear gas to disperse an impatient crowd who tried to force their way into a cinema. The three major television networks carried footage of these events; CBS’s Walter Cronkite devoted almost ten minutes to the story. The Exorcist was, and is, more than just a novel and a film: it is a true landmark.

Purposefully raw and profane, The Exorcist still has the extraordinary ability to disturb readers and cause them to forget that it is “just a story.” Published here in this beautiful fortieth anniversary edition, it remains an unforgettable reading experience and will continue to shock and frighten a new generation of readers.

About The Author

William Peter Blatty is a writer and filmmaker.The Exorcist, written in 1971, is his magnum opus; he also penned the subsequent screenplay, for which he won an Academy Award. His most recent works include the novelsElsewhere,Dimiter, andCrazy.
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Title:The ExorcistFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1 inPublished:May 28, 2013Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0061007226

ISBN - 13:9780061007224

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A powerful presence has taken possession of the 12-year-old daughter of a film star. The ensuing battle between a doubt-ridden priest and the unspeakable horror within the girl is a classic war of good versus evil. William Blatty defined what true horror meant when he penned the horror masterpiece The Exorcist. This unstoppable publishing phenomenon was the inspiration behind one of the most successful horror movies of all time.

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"Read the book! It's an experience you will never forget." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)