Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson

A Rather Haunted Life

Book - 2016 | First edition
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"Still known to millions only as the author of the "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) remains curiously absent from the American literary canon. A genius of literary suspense, Jackson plumbed the cultural anxiety of postwar America better than anyone. Now, biographer Ruth Franklin reveals the tumultuous life and inner darkness of the author behind such classics as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Placing Jackson within an American Gothic tradition of Hawthorne and Poe, Franklin demonstrates how her unique contribution to this genre came from her focus on "domestic horror" drawn from an era hostile to women. Based on a wealth of previously undiscovered correspondence and dozens of new interviews, Shirley Jackson, with its exploration of astonishing talent shaped by a damaged childhood and a troubled marriage to literary critic Stanley Hyman, becomes the definitive biography of a generational avatar and an American literary giant."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780871403131
Branch Call Number: B JACKSON
Characteristics: 607 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Rather haunted life


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ArapahoeAlice Nov 14, 2018

I've been fascinated by Shirley Jackson from the time I was a teenager. Loved her books and always wondered what she was like. This biography gives detailed descriptions of Jackson's childhood, marriage and friendships as well as how she came to write her short stories and novels. After reading this book, I felt I understood her both as a person and a writer.

Oct 04, 2018

A great biography about an author that I've always enjoyed!

Apr 22, 2017

I had never heard of SJ or any of her writing, now I'd like to get to know it. I enjoyed the audio version much more when I got to the last chapters. Although Jackson is of several generations beyond me, I could relate in so many ways. I kept thinking 'why is this intelligent woman sleepwalking' ?

Jan 30, 2017

Wow! Excellent riveting detailed bio of Shirley Jackson's life and works. An incredible amount of research went into this. I loved it!


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