King Kong

King Kong

Introduction by Greg Bear
Preface by Mark Cotta Vaz

The giant prehistoric gorilla King Kong is one of the most recognized images in our culture. So great is the mighty Kong’s hold on the popular imagination that his story–a gripping yarn of man versus nature, coupled with a fantastical update of the Beauty and the Beast legend–has been thrice made into a motion picture (most recently in 2005) and referenced endlessly in every medium, from books to prime-time sitcoms.

Beneath King Kong’s cultural significance, however, is a tense and surprisingly tender story. One cannot help but be frightened by Kong’s uncontrollable fury, be saddened over the giant’s capture, mistreatment, and exploitation by venal showmen, or sympathize with the beast’s ill-fated affection for the down-on-her-luck starlet Ann Darrow.

This Modern Library edition of a true colossus among adventure stories is reprinted from the original 1932 novelization of the movie script, and includes a Preface by Mark Cotta Vaz, the preeminent biographer of Merian C. Cooper, producer of the original 1933 classic film.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Title:King Kong
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780345484963
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    King Kong Reviews

  • Jonathan Terrington

    It seems to me that classics tend to become classics for one of two reasons. The first being that they are incredibly well written novels that become examples of their craft. The second being that the...

  • Michael Fierce

    The most awesome cover of the many editions of King Kong. I picked up this paperback earlier in the year and probably have the finest quality edition in the world.And I paid less than $4 for it!Art b...

  • K.T. Katzmann

    It's money and adventure and fame! It's the thrill of a lifetime and a long sea voyage and . . ....some uncomfortable racism?Okay, King Kong should be pretty well spoilerized by now. Its ending is one...

  • Jim Dooley

    As I write this review, the Broadway musical version of “King Kong” finished its run last night. Presumably, life will continue on the touring circuit. However, I’m grateful for the show’s run...

  • Kooshmeister

    Without doubt, this is one of the finest movie novelizations ever written. In a genre of literature that is so often a cash grab in modern times, 1932's King Kong by mystery writer Delos W. Lovelace i...

  • Joey

    Perhaps among the imaginary giant characters I am more familiar with, King Kong stands out among them. I can see his replicas in toy stores (And for sure you can even come across him in Universal Stud...

  • Timothy Boyd

    I didn't know a book had been written from the screenplay but it very well done. A nice fast read that comes across as a timeless tale set in any era. Great afternoon read. Very recommended...

  • Russ

    Excellent. Although it’s a novelization, this book is an accomplishment unto itself. If read alongside Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World and Edgar Rice Burroughs’s The Land That Time Forgot, K...

  • Frank

    I was pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed this novelization of King Kong, the classic movie from 1933. Of course, unless you were born under a rock, this is the story of how Carl Denhem, a movi...

  • Gilbert Stack

    King Kong is one of the most recognizable names and images in America. He’s inspired movies, novels, comic books and more. I first became aware of him through a cartoon when I was four years old—b...