The Exorcist

Mass Market Paperback | May 28, 2013

byWilliam Peter Blatty

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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.

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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 publish...

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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 demo...

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The chilling movie we could not forget . . .The Exorcist changed popular culture forever.Forty years ago, the movie that was based onWilliam Peter Blatty's runaway #1 bestseller—agroundbreaking story of faith and supernaturalsuspense—held audiences captive. Now this specialedition commemorates the 40th anniversary of the iconic film th...

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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Format: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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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exorcist So good. I couldn't put it down. The movie has nothing on this book!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Exorcist I have yet to read 'The Exorcist', and after reading all the comments about it I can't WAIT to read it! I have been wondering though, is it appropriate for a 13-year-old to read? If anybody can answer that, thanks.
Date published: 2006-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Power of this book compells you! This book is awesome. I have been waiting for a book or a movie that would scare me and this was the book. I haven't seen the movie but I bet it is just as good. The book makes you want to read more and more.
Date published: 2004-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I found this novel, The Exorcist, very suspenful and riveting at times. Certain instances carried on for much too long,however every good book has it's down times. I find Wiiliam Peter Blatty's work very first rate. The book of course was much easier to follow and more meliorate than the movie the Exorcist. I hope Mr. Blatty will continue to write such inspiring pieces as in the past.
Date published: 2001-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great goddamn book! This book is one of my favorites, first to like this book you need to understand it, the psychological aspect as well as the religous. I am no religous freak or anything. I recommend this book to strong readers. others who just get off reading Stephan King good for you, but this book is not for those who can't stand alot of words.
Date published: 2001-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the book was interesting i can hardly ever finish a book because it never seems to get intersing, When I read the exorcist i read cover to cover in less than 2 weeks
Date published: 2000-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Movie! The movie was great and the book justifies that.
Date published: 2000-10-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I did not like this book at all I did not like this book at all.
Date published: 2000-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great goddamn book! This book is one of my favorites, first to like this book you need to understand it, the psychological aspect as well as the religous. I am no religous freak or anything. I recommend this book to strong readers. others who just get off reading Stephan King good for you, but this book is not for those who can't stand alot of words.
Date published: 2001-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the book was interesting i can hardly ever finish a book because it never seems to get intersing, When I read the exorcist i read cover to cover in less than 2 weeks
Date published: 2000-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Movie! The movie was great and the book justifies that.
Date published: 2000-10-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I did not like this book at all I did not like this book at all.
Date published: 2000-08-16

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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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