Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson

A Rather Haunted Life

Book - 2016
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Instantly heralded for its "masterful" and "thrilling" portrayal ( Boston Globe ), Shirley Jackson reveals the tumultuous life and inner darkness of the literary genius behind such classics as "The Lottery" and The Haunting of Hill House . In this "remarkable act of reclamation" (Neil Gaiman), Ruth Franklin envisions Jackson as "belonging to the great tradition of Hawthorne, Poe and James" ( New York Times Book Review ) and demonstrates how her unique contribution to the canon "so uncannily channeled women's nightmares and contradictions that it is "nothing less than the secret history of American women of her era'" ( Washington Post ). Franklin investigates the "interplay between the life, the work, and the times with real skill and insight, making this fine book a real contribution not only to biography, but to mid-20th-century women's history" ( Chicago Tribune ). "Wisely rescu[ing] Shirley Jackson from any semblance of obscurity" (Lena Dunham), Franklin's invigorating portrait stands as the definitive biography of a generational avatar and an American literary genius.
60 illustrations
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, c2016
ISBN: 9780871403131
0871403137
Branch Call Number: BIO JACKSON SHIR Fran
Characteristics: 607 pages : illus. ; 24 cm

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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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