Carrie, the first published novel by award-winning author Stephen King, was released in 1974 and has sold over four million copies. After initially receiving mixed reviews, its critical stature has grown considerably over time. Set in a small town in Maine, this chilling horror story centers on high school student Carrie White and details the cataclysmic events surrounding prom in the spring of 1979. Several adaptations of Carrie have been released, including the classic horror film directed by Brian De Palma in 1976.


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See a complete Character List for Carrie, as well as in-depth analysis of its most important characters.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the main themes, motifs, and symbols in Carrie.


Here's where you'll find important quotes from Carrie and explanations of them.


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