Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson

A Rather Haunted Life

eBook - 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: 9781631492129
1631492128
9780871403131
0871403137
Characteristics: 1 online resource (607 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction: a secret history
Foundations: California, 1916-1933
The demon in the mind: Rochester, 1933-1937
Intentions charged with power: Brooklyn, 1919-1937
S & S: Syracuse, 1937-1940
The mad bohemians: New York, New Hampshire, Syracuse, 1940-1942
Garlic in fiction: New York, 1942-1945
Sidestreet, U.S.A.: Bennington, The road through the wall, 1945-1948
A classic in some category: "The Lottery," 1948
Notes on a modern book of witchcraft: The Lottery: or, The Adventures of James Harris, 1948-1949
The Lovely House: Westport, Hangsaman, 1950-1951
Cabbages and Savages: Bennington, Life Among the Savages, 1951-1953
Dr. Write: The Bird's Nest, 1953-1954
Domestic disturbances: Raising Demons, 1954-1957
What is this world?: The Sundial, 1957-1958
The heart of the house: The Haunting of Hill House, 1958-1959
Steady against the world: We Have Always Lived in the Castle, 1960-1962
Writing is the way out: 1962-1964
Last words: Come Along with Me, 1964-1965.
Summary: "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.

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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.

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nalger
Oct 04, 2018

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

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IV27HUjg
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' ?

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claireswazey
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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