King, Stephen: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
(researched by Caetlin McFadden)

Assignment 1: Bibliographical Description

1 First edition publication information (publisher, place, date, etc.)

Stephen King. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon: A Novel. New York: Scribner, 1999. Copyright 1999 © Stephen King

2 First edition published in cloth, paper, or both? If both, simultaneous or staggered?

The first American edition is published in trade cloth binding.

3 JPEG image of cover art from first edition, if available

4 Pagination

112 leaves, pp. [1-8] 9-17 [18] 19-25 [26] 27-129 [130] 131-149 [150] 151-203 [204] 205-219 [220-222] 223-224

5 Edited or Introduced? If so, by whom?

First edition is neither edited nor introduced. There is a dedication on page 5 to King’s son, Owen. The author’s postscript begins on page 223 where he inserts a disclaimer as to having changed the 1998 Red Socks Schedule. He writes that his version of Tom Gordon is fictional. The postscript ends with a confirmation of the plants called “fiddleheads” and the forest in which the story takes place are both nonfictional.

6 Illustrated? If so, by whom?

There are small, black and white images of wasps on unnumbered p. 3, 7, and 221. They were designed by Erich Hobbing.

7 JPEG image of sample illustration, if available

8 General physical appearance of book (Is the physical presentation of the text attractive? Is the typography readable? Is the book well printed?)

Page size is 21.3cm x 13.9 cm. Text size is 165mm x 95mm. Readability is wonderful and straightforward. There is hardly any wear on the pages themselves. The chapters are numbered as innings, pregame, and postgame and each header has a black diamond image beneath it. The text is 102R. The text is set in the serif Garamond No. 3 font.

9 JPEG image of sample chapter page, if available

10 Paper (Assess the original quality of the paper used for the book. Is the paper in the copy or copies you examined holding up physically over time?)

The first edition is printed on wove paper that is white, smooth, and has a straight edge. The paper is in excellent condition without any discoloration, tears, or stains.

11 Description of binding(s)

Binding is a medium grey cloth with a medium black spine of calico-texture cloth that is not embossed. There is a single, medium yellow wasp stamp with a gold sheen on the front cloth cover. End papers are light white with no illustrations. No text on the front or back covers. Text on the spine is “STEPHEN KING The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon” in a horizontal direction. The Scribner insignia flame and the word “Scribner” are below the title in a vertical direction. All print on the spine is in the same medium yellow color with a gold sheen. The first edition comes with a dust jacket that has an image of a girl running away from something in the woods wearing a Boston Red Sox hat. 

12 Transcription of title page


Verso: SCRIBNER/ 1230 Avenue of the Americas/ New York, NY 10020/ This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents/ either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously./ Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead,/ is entirely coincidental./ The use of the Boston Red Sox logo on the baseball cap which appears on the book jacket/ should not be construed in any way to imply sponsorship or endorsement of this literary/ work by either the Boston Red Sox or by Major League Baseball./ Copyright © 1999 by Stephen King/ All reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole/ or in any form./ SCRIBNER and design are trademarks of Jossey-Bass, INC.,/ used under license by Simon & Schuster, the publisher of this work./ DESIGNED BY ERICH HOBBING/ Text set in Garamond No. 3/ Manufactured in the United States of America/ 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2/ Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available./ ISBN 0-684-86762-1/ Grateful acknowledgment is made to Dennis V. Drinkwater of Giant Glass/ for permission to reprint the Giant Glass commercial jingle./ Lyrics from “Gotta Get Next to You (Jus’ Slip Me a Taste)” by Richie “Records” Tozier,/ copyright © 1998 Soul Fine Music. Used by Permission.

13 JPEG image of title page, if available

14 Manuscript Holdings

The second final draft and the final typescript of the novel are held in the University of Maine's Digital Commons. They are located in box 2296a. The second final draft is item 1 and the final typescript is item 2. 

15 Other (typograpical information from title page, etc.)

The back flyleaf contains an image of Stephen King recreating the Tom Gordon pointing pose with a baseball bat over his shoulder. He also has a Boston Red Sox t-shirt on.

UVA Special Collections call number: Taylor 1999 .K55

Assignment 2: Publication and Performance History

1 Did the original publisher issue the book in more than one edition? If so, briefly describe distinguishing features of each (illustrations, cover art, typography, etc.); if not, enter N/A

Yes, there are multiple subsequent editions including a Pocketbook edition, audiobook edition, and a Pop-Up edition aimed towards children. The Pop-Edition (2004), published by Little Simon, a division of Simon & Schuster, seemed to have more advertising than the first edition and was illustrated by Alan Dingman. Since the book is aimed towards children, the story is adapted to a much shorter summary of the events in the full novel. Many of the events are also censored for the sake of the child audience. The pocketbook edition (2000), published by Simon & Schuster, is a paperback edition that is much taller than the original hardcover and includes new cover art. The art consists of a young girl looking into the distance and standing amidst a dark forest with an ominous green sheen. Pocketbooks also published a Braille, Secondary School edition in 2000. Scribner also released an E-book edition in 2001 and an Export edition in 1999. (See item 5 for a complete list of subsequent editions from differing publishers and item 13 for a list of translated works)

London : Little Simon, 2004. Unpaged. (Pop-up Juvenile Edition)

New York, New York : Pocket Books, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc, 2017. ©1999. 309 pages. (Pocket Book Edition)

New York : Scribner, [2001?], ©1999. (E-book)

New York : Pocket, 2000. 264 pages. (Pocket Book Edition)

New York : Pocket Books, 2000, ©1999. 262 page. (Braille Edition- Secondary Senior High School)

New York : Pocket Books, ©1999. 264 pages. (Export Edition)

2 JPEG image of cover art from one subsequent edition, if available

3 JPEG image of sample illustration from one subsequent edition, if available

4 How many printings or impressions of the first edition?

1,250,000 first edition printings (Source: Publisher’s Weekly)

5 Editions from other publishers? If so, list their dates and publishers; if not, enter N/A

Mexico City: Penguin Random House, 2017. 238 pages. (Spanish Translation)

London : Hodder, 2011, ©1999. 237 pages.

Oxford : Macmillan, 2005. 95 pages. (Illustrated Intermediate Edition- Retold by John Escott)

London : Royal National Institute of the Blind, 2002. (Electronic Edition- Read by Laurence Bouvard).

Tel Aviv : Modan, 2000. ©1999. 228 pages. (Manuscript Archival Material)

London : New English Library, 2000. 292 pages.

Thorndike, Me : G.K. Hall & Co ; Bath : Chivers, 1999. 261 pages. (Large Print)

London : Hodder Headline, 1999. (Abridged, Cassette Edition)

6 Last date in print?

Still in print. Last printing was April 25, 2017.

7 Total copies sold? (source and date of information?)

1,075,000 as of the year 2000

Note from Publisher's Weekly:

"Rankings are determined by sales figures provided by publishers; the numbers generally reflect reports of copies "shipped and billed" in calendar year 1999 and publishers were instructed to adjust sales figures to include returns through February 15, 2000."

(Sales figures were submitted to PW in confidence, for use in placing titles on the lists. Numbers shown are rounded down to the nearest 25,000 to indicate relationship to sales figures of other titles.)

(Source: Publisher's Weekly)

8 Sales figures by year? (source and date of information?)

Around $18,200,000 as of the year 2000*

Note from Publisher's Weekly:

"Rankings are determined by sales figures provided by publishers; the numbers generally reflect reports of copies "shipped and billed" in calendar year 1999 and publishers were instructed to adjust sales figures to include returns through February 15, 2000."

(Sales figures were submitted to PW in confidence, for use in placing titles on the lists. Numbers shown are rounded down to the nearest 25,000 to indicate relationship to sales figures of other titles.)

*Calculations based off of the original $16.95 hard cover price from 1999

(Source: Publisher's Weekly)

9 Advertising copy (transcribe significant excerpts, briefly identify where ads were placed)

1,250,000 copies made of first printing with major advertisement and promotion. The novel was a Book of the Month Club pick and Quality Paper Back featured alternate. (Source: Publisher’s Weekly)

10 JPEG image of sample advertisement, if available

11 Other promotion

The prologue was published in the New York Times in 1999 about a week after the novel was released.

King released The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon unexpectedly and wrote to the press “If books were babies, I’d call The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon the result of an unplanned pregnancy.” Scribner published the novel as they awaited King’s final manuscript of Bag of Bones.

12 Performances in other media? If so, list media, date, title, production information; if not, enter N/A

A movie was rumored to be in the beginning stages of production but was never created. George Romero was going to be writer and director.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon was also made into 5 audio cassette tapes narrated by Martha Harmon Pardee. Published in Toronto (CNIB, 2002).

Currently held in Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, NLS/BPH (Denver, Colo. : Talking Book Publishers), 1999.

13 Translations? If translated, give standard bibliographic information for each translation. If none, enter N/A

[Italian] King, Stephen. La Bambina Che Amava Tom Gordon. Translated by Tullio Dobner, 1st ed., Mondadori, 2000.

[Spanish] King, Stephen. La Chica Que Amaba a Tom Gordon. Translated by Eduardo G Marillo, 1st ed., Debolsillo, 2003.

[German] King, Stephen. Das Mädchen Roman. Translated by Wulf Bergner, 1st ed., München Knaur, 2011.

[French] King, Stephen. La Petite Fille Qui Aimait Tom Gordon. Translated by Lasquin François, 1st ed., Le Grand Livre Du Mois, 2000.

[Polish] King, Stephen. Pokochała Toma Gordona. Translated by Krzysztof Sokołowski, 1st ed., Albatros Publishing House, 1999.

[Dutch] King, Stephen. Het Meisje Dat Hield Van Tom Gordon. Translated by Cherie van Gelder, 1st ed., Luitingh-Sijthoff, 1999.

[Hungarian] King, Stephen. Tom Gordon, segíts! Translated by Bernadett Müller 1st ed., Könyvkiadó, 2000.

[Japanese] King, Stephen. トム・ゴードンに恋した少女 / Tomu gādon Ni Koishita shōjo. Translated by Makiko Ikeda, 1st ed., 新潮社 (Shinchosha), 2002.

[Finnish] King, Stephen. Eksyneiden Jumala. Translated by Ilkka Rekiaro, Tammi, 1999.

[Hebrew] King, Stephen. Ha-Yaldah She-Ahavah Et Ṭom Gordon. Translated by Sharon Mor, Modan, 2000.

[Indonesian] King, Stephen. Gadis Penggemar Tom Gordon. Translated by B Sendra Tanuwidjaja, 1st ed., Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 2000.

[Russian] King, Stephen. Девочка, Которая Любила Тома Гордона. No translator given. Izd-Vo AST, 1999.

[Slovenian] King, Stephen. Deklica, Ki Je oboževala Toma Gordona. Translated by Aleksandra Kocmut, 1st ed., Modrijan, 2010.

[Icelandic] King, Stephen. Stúlkan Sem Elskaði Tom Gordon. Translated by Jónsson Björn, 1st ed., Iðunn, 2000.

[Korean] King, Stephen. 톰고든을사랑한소녀 : 스티븐킹장편소설. Translated by Ki-ch'an Han, 1st ed., Hwanggŭm Kaji, 2006.

[Norwegian] King, Stephen. Piken Som Elsket Tom Gordon. Translated by Kjell Ola Dahl, 1st ed., Aschehoug, 1999.

[Portuguese] King, Stephen. A Rapariga Que Adorava Tom Gordon. Translated by Brito João, 1st ed., Temas e Debates, 2002

14 Serialization? If serialized, give standard bibliographic information for serial publication. If none, enter N/A


15 Sequels/Prequels? Give standard bibliographic information for each. If none, enter N/A


Assignment 3: Biographical Sketch of the Author

1 Paste your biographical sketch here (maximum 500 words)

Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947. King spent his early life living in three different states; Maine, Indiana, and Connecticut. Around the time that King had reached middle school, his mother moved him and his family back to Maine to take care of her ailing parents. He attended high school in Durham and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Maine at Orono. King wrote for the university’s newspaper once a week and majored in English. In 1971, a year after receiving his Bachelor’s degree, he began to teach at the high school level. During this time, King struggled financially. He sold his short stories to magazines to receive a bit of extra funding. He would continue to write his own works in the evenings and over the weekends. In 1973, his first novel Carrie was accepted for publishing under Doubleday & Co. and was released in 1974.

King’s life in the 70s became extremely tormented by his mother’s failing health. He and his family moved to a southern part of Maine to take care of her and King continued to write during this time. This was also the period that King began to have issues with substance abuse. His mother died in 1974 of cancer. After his loss, King and his family moved to Colorado for a short period of time. Between 1975 and 1977, King wrote his novels The Shining and The Stand which were both published and became extremely popular novels. In 1977, King returned to Maine and began teaching at the University of Maine while continuing his authorship of subsequent novels.

Through his upbringing in Maine, Stephen King became a very big Red Sox fan. He occasionally includes references to the team as a whole or its members in his writings. In 1999, he wrote an entire book with famed Red Sox pitcher, Tom Gordon, as a character. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon was another big success for King, reaching the top of the New York Times bestseller list in 1999. King dedicated the novel to his youngest son, Owen, because of their relationship and common love for baseball. His dedication reads “This is for my son Owen, who ended up teaching me a lot more about the game of baseball than I ever taught him.” The novel also includes a real forest located in Maine-New Hampshire that is a branch of the Appalachian Trail. King states in his author’s note that it is a real trail that he has been to before.

Only two months after The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon’s release, King was hit almost fatally by a car while he was out walking. The accident nearly ended King’s writing career because his writing process began to slow and it was physically painful for him to sit in a ‘comfortable’ typing position for prolonged periods of time. After a very long recovery, King did continue writing novels and short stories but at a much slower pace. His most recent novel, Sleeping Beauties, written in companionship with his son, Owen, has already reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list. King is still writing novels today and lives in Bangor, Maine with his family.

Assignment 4: Reception History

1 Paste contemporary reception history in here (maximum 500 words)

2 Paste subsequent reception history in here (maximum 500 words)

Assignment 5: Critical Analysis

1 Paste your critical analysis in here (maximum 2500 words)

Supplemental Material


Gaskell, Philip. “Edition Binding.” A New Introduction to Bibliography, 1972, doi:

Stephen King. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon: A Novel. New York: Scribner, 1999. Copyright 1999 © Stephen King

Loeber, E. G., and E. J. Labarre. Supplement to E.J. Labarre Dictionary and Encyclopaedia of Paper and Paper-Making. Swets & Zeitlinger, 1952.


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