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Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco in 1916. She first received wide critical acclaim for her short story "The Lottery," which was published in 1948. Her novels--which include The Sundial, The Bird's Nest, Hangsaman, The Road through the Wall, We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The... show more



Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco in 1916. She first received wide critical acclaim for her short story "The Lottery," which was published in 1948. Her novels--which include The Sundial, The Bird's Nest, Hangsaman, The Road through the Wall, We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House--are characterized by her use of realistic settings for tales that often involve elements of horror and the occult. Raising Demons and Life Among the Savages are her two works of nonfiction. Come Along With Me is a collection of stories, lectures, and part of the novel she was working on when she died in 1965. All are currently in print (Penguin). Two posthumous volumes of her short fiction are Just An Ordinary Day (Bantam) and Let Me Tell You (Random House). A graphic novel adaptation of "The Lottery" by Miles Hyman, her grandson, was published in 2016 (Farrar-Straus-Giroux). Also in 2016: Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson (Penguin Classics) and an authorized biography by Ruth Franklin: Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life (Norton).

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Birth date: December 14, 1916
Died: August 08, 1965
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Jennifer's Books
Jennifer's Books rated it 7 months ago
Wow. What a way to start off the year. This was an excellent book.I don't want to say too much for fear of spoiling anything, but this book while not outright scary was certainly plenty unsettling. We are set down in the middle of the lives of Merricat Blackwood, her agoraphobic sister, Constance, a...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it 9 months ago
The Lottery and Other Stories is an uneven collection. If you've read any of my reviews about a collection of short stories, you've probably heard this before. “Uneven” sums up my feelings for every short story collection I've ever read. There are different levels of uneven, but it's only natural th...
ELK's Library
ELK's Library rated it 10 months ago
This is the second time I've read this book. I liked it the first time I read it and loved it the second time. Shirley Jackson does an amazing job sprinkling clues throughout about the night Merricat's family dies without revealing too much. I had an inkling the first time through, but was never qui...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it 10 months ago
I really liked the slow build to this classic Shirley Jackson novel. The book is told from Mary Katherine (Merricat) Blackwood's point of view. We don't know what has happened to make her, and her sister Constance pariahs to the town in which they live. We know that the Blackwoods were/are wealthy a...
Ani's Book Abyss
Ani's Book Abyss rated it 10 months ago
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson I don't know how to feel about this book, because while it's written very well, the actual story line felt a bit dragged out. We see a lot of day-to-day activities with nothing much really going on. Although the atmosphere and the actions and...
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