Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

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A genius of literary suspense, known to millions as the author of the "The Lottery", Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) plumbed the cultural anxiety of postwar America better than anyone. Based on a wealth of previously undiscovered correspondence and dozens of interviews, Shirley Jackson reveals the tumultuous life and inner darkness of the author, firmly placing Jackson within the American Gothic tradition.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 624 pages
  • 168 x 244 x 41mm | 1,050g
  • Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • United States
  • English
  • 0871403137
  • 9780871403131
  • 315,344

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"A brilliant new biography..." -- The Pool "In her biography...Ruth Franklin plays down the broomstick tag and skilfully unpicks the threads of Jackson's life and works." -- The Arts Desk "... sympathetic and fair-minded biography..." -- The Guardian "Franklin's masterful biography, deeply researched and warmly sympathetic to its subject, paints a different picture, successfully marrying the various elements of Jackson's personality - writer and homemaker, gifted literary author and popular mummy-blogger memoirist." -- Literary Review "Franklin has gained access to a trove of new material including a fascinating correspondence between Jackson and a housewife fan in the early 1960s. Our sense of there being "two Shirleys" is not encouraged by the author, who makes a convincing case for seeing the two personas instead as "profoundly interconnected"." -- The Times Literary Supplement "... enjoyable biography..." -- Dan Jones - The Times "Ruth Franklin's Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life is a richly satisfying biography: capacious, incisive, and full of surprising insights into the legacy of this "Virginia Werewolf among the seance-fiction writers" (as a short-sighted mid-century writer once dubbed her)." -- Kate Bolick, Our Favourite Books of 2016 - The Irish Times "Franklin... gives equal weight to Jackson's life and work in this groundbreaking new biography." -- Jane Ciabattari, The 10 Best Books of 2016 - BBC Culture "...Ruth Franklin skilfully and with great verve and readability paints a portrait of a woman with many faces in this slick and stylish biography." -- The Mail on Sunday "This new biography... could not be more welcome or timely... Her [Ruth Franklin's] critical grasp of Jackson's oeuvre is superlative and you do not doubt a word she says: this is most definitely an exhaustive biography." -- Julie Myerson - The Spectator "... lively and authoritative new biography." -- The Economist
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About Ruth Franklin

Ruth Franklin is a book critic and frequent
contributor to The New Yorker, Harper's, and many other publications.
A recipient of a New York Public Library Cullman
Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she lives in Brooklyn,
New York.
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1,545 ratings
4.25 out of 5 stars
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4 41% (629)
3 13% (194)
2 2% (33)
1 0% (7)
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