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The Gunslinger in all it's incarnations?

Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:49 pm
by ChristineB
OK, I do believe at this point someone decided to confuse the living daylights out of SK collectors with all the versions of The Gunslinger.

I understand the original 2, first edition first print in 82, frist edition 2nd print in 84.

Now is where it gets fun, second edition first print in 98, so this one has new material in it?

The Gunslinger and Little sisters of eluria, is this just a special edition and which edition of the gunslinger is in this, same as the 82 version or the 98 version, or is it something new again?

I have come across something call the Illustrated edition of the gunslinger, what is this?

Please help since my husband loves my long hair and I may end up pulling it all out whilst trying to figure this out. :?

Re: The Gunslinger in all it's incarnations?

Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:21 pm
by e_taylor
The '98 version is a third edition. Same content as the 1st and 2nd.

LSoE is the novella and the revised version of the Gunslinger (different from the first three editions).

The "illustrated" edition is probably one of the plume trade paperbacks.

Re: The Gunslinger in all it's incarnations?

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 6:42 am
by ChristineB
Thanks, for the clarification.

Now is the 2003 version another revised edition also, does it have more stuff in it then the 98 version?

See what I mean? hehe

Re: The Gunslinger in all it's incarnations?

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:26 am
by TheCollector
ChristineB wrote:Thanks, for the clarification.

Now is the 2003 version another revised edition also, does it have more stuff in it then the 98 version?

See what I mean? hehe

Hi Christine,

I think so answer your question there are two seperate texts...one is the original text, this covers the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd edition's from Grant Books as well as any copy you find that was published before 2003.

In 2003, King released the revised edition.... if you check out the related wikipedia article here's what it says
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gunsli ... ed_edition
King revised The Gunslinger in 2003. In his introduction to the new edition, King stated that he felt that the original version was 'dry' and difficult for new readers to access. He also made changes to make the storytelling more linear as well as making the plot of the book more consistent with the series' ending. The added material was over 9000 words (35 pages) in length.[3]

Changes were made in order to resolve continuity errors introduced by later volumes. For example, a scene with Roland reading a magazine in Tull is removed as later information presented in The Drawing of the Three suggested that paper was a scarcity in Roland's world. The town of Farson is changed to Taunton, as John Farson was a character in the later books in the series. References to the Beast were changed to refer to the Crimson King.

"Blue Heaven" and "Algul Siento", terms that are revealed in the final books are mentioned, as is the strange Taheen.

One of the biggest changes is the fate and identity of the Man in Black. In the original version, Walter dies at the end of the story. In the revised edition, King implies that he survived and reveals that Walter is yet another identity of Randall Flagg.

In the expanded edition of the novel, on the last page before the text the single word RESUMPTION appears; King explains that it is the subtitle of the novel.

Re: The Gunslinger in all it's incarnations?

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:47 pm
by ChristineB
Thanks so much. That clears it up. Gotta remember the wiki for his works too.

Re: The Gunslinger in all it's incarnations?

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2015 4:58 pm
by amd013
Sorry to resurrect an old thread.

I am looking to buy a 1st/1st copy of the 2003 revised Gunslinger. I already own a copy, but it is a 5th printing, and want to upgrade to a 1st printing.

However looking on ebay, and other sites, I am seeing different covers for the hardbacks. attached is a picture of the different covers.

What is the difference between these two? The copy I have is like the second picture.

Thanks,
Mike

Re: The Gunslinger in all it's incarnations?

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2015 5:00 pm
by amd013
ok, just to be clear, I have the one on top, it displayed in the opposite order I expected.

Re: The Gunslinger in all it's incarnations?

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:58 am
by jhanic
The one you have, the top photo, is the "original" first printing of the Revised Gunslinger. The bottom one must be a reprint of some sort. I haven't seen it before, but that doesn't mean much.

John