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Shirley Jackson : A Rather Haunted Life
by Ruth Franklin


Overview - Winner of the Edgar Award in Critical/Biographica Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfictio A New York Times Notable Book of 2016 A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Pick of 2016 An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016 A Time Magazine Top Nonfiction of 2016 A Seattle Times Best Book of 2016 A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016 An NPR 2016's Great Rea A Boston Globe Best Book of 2016 A Nylon Best Book of 2016 A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2016 A Booklist 2016 Editors' Choice This "historically engaging and pressingly relevant" biography establishes Shirley Jackson as a towering figure in American literature and revives the life and work of a neglected master.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Winner of the Edgar Award in Critical/Biographica Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfictio ANew York Times Notable Book of 2016 AWashington Post Notable Nonfiction Pick of 2016 AnEntertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016 ATime Magazine Top Nonfiction of 2016 ASeattle Times Best Book of 2016 AKirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016 An NPR 2016's Great Rea ABoston Globe Best Book of 2016 ANylon Best Book of 2016 ASan Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2016 ABooklist 2016 Editors' Choice This "historically engaging and pressingly relevant" biography establishes Shirley Jackson as a towering figure in American literature and revives the life and work of a neglected master.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780871403131
  • ISBN-10: 0871403137
  • Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 624
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Literary
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Women

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-05-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

Literary critic Franklin (A Thousand Darknesses) renders a gripping and graceful portrait of the mind, life, and work of groundbreaking American author Shirley Jackson (1916–1965). Though Jackson is today largely known for the chilling novel The Haunting of Hill House and the supremely upsetting short parable “The Lottery,” Franklin brings forth her full oeuvre for careful study, including a prodigious number of short stories, books for young adults and children, and—perhaps improbably for a horror writer—two bestselling memoirs about life with her four children, Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons. Franklin’s adept readings of Jackson’s influences, formative relationships, and major works interweave the obsessions, fears, and life experiences that charge her writing with such wicked intensity. Treating her subject with a generous eye and gorgeous prose, Franklin describes one of Jackson’s chief themes, a “preoccupation with the roles that women play at home and the forces that conspire to keep them there,” as a product of her cultural moment, identifying Jackson’s “insistence on telling unpleasant truths” about women’s experience and her ability “to draw back the curtain on the darkness within the human psyche” as the elements that make Jackson a writer of lasting relevance who can still give today’s readers an impressive shiver. 60 illus. (Sept.)

 
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