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Stephen King's inspiration for serializing "The Green Mile"?

A friend of mine bought each of the small volumes of "The Green Mile" as they came out. He told me that Stephen King said someone else was his inspiration for publishing the book in a six-volume serialization, instead of as a whole book. I cannot seem to find out who his inspiration was. My friend keeps saying it was ee cummings, but cummings didn't write novels--he wrote poetry. Does anyone know who the inspiration for serializing the novel was? I have suggested several 19th century authors (Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle), but none of them ring a bell with him.

I am hoping someone else has the information.

Thank you.

Update:

EDIT: Thank you, Bedlam, as I couldn't even find that article during my search.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago
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    There was a NY Times article about the book, and serialized novels in general, in 1996, which just says the idea was suggested to King by "a British publisher." http://www.nytimes.com/1996/04/07/weekinreview/why...

    Anyway, you're right, it has nothing to do with E.E. Cummings.

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