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Shirley Jackson : a rather haunted life

Author: Ruth Franklin
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st editionView all editions and formats
This long-awaited biography establishes Shirley Jackson as a towering figure in American literature and revives the life and work of a neglected master. 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,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Shirley Jackson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Franklin
ISBN: 9780871403131 0871403137
OCLC Number: 984151556
Awards: Winner of Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award 2017
Description: xiii, 607 p. : illustrations ; 25 cm
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
Responsibility: Ruth Franklin


Reviving the life and work of a neglected master, this biography establishes Shirley Jackson as a towering figure in American literature.  Read more...


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"... lively and authoritative new biography." -- The Economist "This new biography... could not be more welcome or timely... Her [Ruth Franklin's] critical grasp of Jackson's oeuvre is superlative Read more...

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