WorldCat Identities

Jackson, Shirley 1916-1965

Works: 420 works in 1,489 publications in 17 languages and 48,202 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Horror fiction  History  Biography  Gothic fiction  Juvenile works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama 
Subject Headings: Authors, American 
Roles: Author, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Performer, Adapter, Lyricist, Creator, Narrator, Contributor, Scenarist, Conceptor, Other
Classifications: PS3519.A392, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Shirley Jackson
The haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson( Book )

145 editions published between 1953 and 2018 in 10 languages and held by 5,057 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthropologist conducts an unusual research project in a reputedly haunted house
We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson( Book )

105 editions published between 1962 and 2019 in 12 languages and held by 3,909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of two sisters who have become recluses after the arsenic poisoning of four members of their family
The lottery and other stories by Shirley Jackson( Book )

70 editions published between 1948 and 2019 in English and Korean and held by 2,389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects short stories by Shirley Jackson, including "Like Mother Used to Make," "Afternoon in Linen," "A Fine Old Firm," as well as "The Lottery."
The witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson( Book )

26 editions published between 1956 and 2011 in English and Persian and held by 1,772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the social and religious conditions surrounding the Salem witch hunts, the extensive trials and executions, and the aftermath of the hysteria
Just an ordinary day by Shirley Jackson( Book )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifty-odd stories, half of them never published before. The new lot includes a story on a girl who gets the devil to sell her his soul. Jackson (1919-1965) wrote The Haunting of Hill House
Come along with me : part of a novel, sixteen stories, and three lectures by Shirley Jackson( Book )

28 editions published between 1968 and 1995 in English and held by 1,682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Come along with me -- Fourteen stories: Janice -- Tootie in peonage -- A cauliflower in her hair -- I know who I love -- The beautiful stranger -- The summer people -- Island -- A visit -- The rock -- A day in the jungle -- Pajama party -- Louisa, please come home -- The little house -- The bus -- Three lectures, with two stories: Experience and fiction -- The night we all had grippe -- Biography of a story -- The lottery -- Notes for a young writer
The magic of Shirley Jackson by Shirley Jackson( Book )

14 editions published between 1965 and 1974 in English and held by 1,302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection is a generous selection of Jackson's work, consisting of three complete books:The Bird's Nest, Life Among the Savages, Raising Demons, and eleven short stories--including the world-famous The Lottery
Novels and stories : the Lottery, the haunting of Hill House, We have always lived in the castle, other stories and sketches by Shirley Jackson( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable," writes A. M. Homes. "It is a place where things are not what they seem; even on a morning that is sunny and clear there is always the threat of darkness looming, of things taking a turn for the worse." Jackson's characters-mostly unloved daughters in search of a home, a career, a family of their own-chase what appears to be a harmless dream until, without warning, it turns on its heel to seize them by the throat. We are moved by these characters' dreams, for they are the dreams of love and acceptance shared by us all. We are shocked when their dreams become nightmares, and terrified by Jackson's suggestion that there are unseen powers-"demons" both subconscious and supernatural-malevolently conspiring against human happiness. In this volume Joyce Carol Oates, our leading practitioner of the contemporary Gothic, presents the essential works of Shirley Jackson, the novels and stories that, from the early 1940s through the mid-1960s, wittily remade the genre of psychological horror for an alienated, postwar America. She opens with The Lottery (1949), Jackson's only collection of short fiction, whose disquieting title story-one of the most widely anthologized tales of the 20th century-has entered American folklore. Also among these early works are "The Daemon Lover," a story Oates praises as "deeper, more mysterious, and more disturbing than 'The Lottery,' " and "Charles," the hilarious sketch that launched Jackson's secondary career as a domestic humorist. Here too are Jackson's masterly short novels: The Haunting of Hill House (1959), the tale of an achingly empathetic young woman chosen by a haunted house to be its new tenant, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962), the unrepentant confessions of Miss Merricat Blackwood, a cunning adolescent who has gone to quite unusual lengths to preserve her ideal of family happiness. Rounding out the volume are 21 other stories and sketches that showcase Jackson in all her many modes, and the essay "Biography of a Story," Jackson's acidly funny account of the public reception of "The Lottery," which provoked more mail from readers of The New Yorker than any contribution before or since. -- Publisher description
Fifty years of the American short story : from the O. Henry awards, 1919-1970 by William Miller Abrahams( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 1,167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selections from Prize stories
The sundial by Shirley Jackson( Book )

42 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the Halloran clan gathers at the family home for a funeral, no one is surprised when the somewhat peculiar Aunt Fanny wanders off into the secret garden. But then she returns to report an astonishing vision of an apocalypse from which only the Hallorans and their hangers-on will be spared, and the family finds itself engulfed in growing madness, fear, and violence as they prepare for a terrible new world
The bird's nest by Shirley Jackson( Book )

42 editions published between 1954 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elizabeth is a demure twenty-three-year-old wiling her life away at a dull museum job, living with her neurotic aunt, and subsisting off her dead mother's inheritance. When Elizabeth begins to suffer terrible migraines and backaches, her aunt takes her to the doctor, then to a psychiatrist. But slowly, and with Jackson's characteristic chill, we learn that Elizabeth is not just one girl--but four separate, self-destructive personalities. The Bird's Nest
The lottery by Shirley Jackson( Book )

56 editions published between 1943 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The people of a village perform their annual lottery, with startling consequences for the recipient of the one paper with the black spot
The lottery, or, The adventures of James Harris by Shirley Jackson( Book )

20 editions published between 1949 and 1991 in English and Polish and held by 812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shirley Jackson's first collection of short fiction includes the classic title story of a small town that continues a ritual begun so many generations before them that they no longer know why they do it
Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson( Book )

34 editions published between 1951 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seventeen-year-old Natalie Waite longs to escape home for college. Her father is a domineering and egotistical writer who keeps a tight rein on Natalie and her long-suffering mother. When Natalie finally does get away, however, college life doesn?t bring the happiness she expected. Little by little, Natalie is no longer certain of anything?even where reality ends and her dark imaginings begin. Chilling and suspenseful, Hangsaman
55 short stories from the New Yorker( Book )

1 edition published in 1949 in English and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson( )

29 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon call haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, the lonely, homeless girl acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House
More classics to read aloud to your children by William F Russell( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selections for reading aloud from poems, novels, and plays by Blake, Longfellow, O. Henry, Twain, Shakespeare, Poe, and other well-known authors
We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson( Recording )

20 editions published between 1979 and 2010 in English and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Six years after four family members died suspiciously--of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods--elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and eighteen-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat--live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives--cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune--and manages to penetrate into their carefully shielded lives. Unable to drive him away by either polite or occult means, Merricat adopts more desperate methods, resulting in crisis, tragedy, and the revelation of a terrible secret
9 magic wishes by Shirley Jackson( Book )

10 editions published between 1963 and 2016 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A child meets a magician who grants eight wonderfully fantastic wishes, with one wish left over
The road through the wall by Shirley Jackson( Book )

22 editions published between 1948 and 2013 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pepper Street is a really nice, safe California neighborhood. The houses are tidy and the lawns are neatly mowed. Of course, the country club is close by, and lots of pleasant folks live there. The only problem is they knocked down the wall at the end of the street to make way for a road to a new housing development. Now, that's not good, it's just not good at all. Satirically exploring what happens when a smug suburban neighborhood is breached by awful, unavoidable truths, The Road Through the Wall is the tale that launched Shirley Jackson's heralded career"--Publisher's website
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The haunting of Hill House
We have always lived in the castleThe lottery and other storiesThe witchcraft of Salem VillageJust an ordinary dayCome along with me : part of a novel, sixteen stories, and three lecturesNovels and stories : the Lottery, the haunting of Hill House, We have always lived in the castle, other stories and sketchesThe sundialThe lottery
Alternative Names
Hyman, Stanley Edgar.

Hyman, Stanley Edgar 1916-1965 Mrs

Hyman Stanley Edgar Mrs.

Hyman, Stanley Edgar Mrs. 1916-1965

Jackson, Shirley

Jackson, Shirley, 1919-1965

Jackson, Shirley Hardie 1916-1965

Shirley Jackson Amerikaans journalist

Shirley Jackson Amerikaans journaliste

Shirley Jackson écrivaine américaine

Shirley Jackson novelist, short story writer

Shirley Jackson scrittrice e giornalista statunitense

Shirley Jackson US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin

Джексон, Шерли

Ширли Џексон

Ширлі Джексон

שירלי ג'קסון

شرلی جکسن

شيرلي جاكسون

ਸ਼ਰਲੀ ਜੈਕਸਨ

ഷേർലി ജാക്സൺ

შირლი ჯექსონი

잭슨, 셜리 1916-1965

ジャクスン, シャーリイ