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Novels and stories : the Lottery, the haunting of Hill House, We have always lived in the castle, other stories and sketches

Author: Shirley Jackson; Joyce Carol Oates
Publisher: New York, NY : Library of America, [2010] ©2010
Series: Library of America, 204.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Features a collection of writings across different genres by the mid-twentieth-century author.
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Genre/Form: American fiction
Short stories, American
Short stories
Short story genre
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Jackson, Shirley, 1916-1965.
Novels and stories.
New York, N.Y. : Library of America : Distributed in the United States by Penguin Putnam, ©2010
(OCoLC)778281672
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shirley Jackson; Joyce Carol Oates
ISBN: 9781598530728 1598530720
OCLC Number: 753159476
Description: x, 827 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: The lottery --
The haunting of Hill House --
We have always lived in the castle --
Other stories and sketches.
Series Title: Library of America, 204.
Other Titles: Works.
Lottery, the haunting of Hill House, We have always lived in the castle, other stories and sketches
Responsibility: Shirley Jackson ; Joyce Carol Oates, editor.
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Features a collection of writings across different genres by the mid-twentieth-century author.

"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

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