Shirley Jackson


Born
in San Francisco, California, The United States
December 14, 1916

Died
August 08, 1965

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Shirley Jackson was an influential American author. A popular writer in her time, her work has received increasing attention from literary critics in recent years. She has influenced such writers as Stephen King, Nigel Kneale, and Richard Matheson.

She is best known for her dystopian short story, "The Lottery" (1948), which suggests there is a deeply unsettling underside to bucolic, smalltown America. In her critical biography of Shirley Jackson, Lenemaja Friedman notes that when Shirley Jackson's story "The Lottery" was published in the June 28, 1948, issue of The New Yorker, it received a response that "no New Yorker story had ever received." Hundreds of letters poured in that were characterized by, as Jackson put it, "bewilderment, specul
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“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.”
Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

“A pretty sight, a lady with a book.”
Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle

“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream.”
Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

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March 2018 Revisit the Shelf Reread

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  48 votes, 12.3%

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  35 votes, 9.0%

Persuasion by Jane Austen, 256 pages, 1817, Last Read August 2015
 
  32 votes, 8.2%

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, 449 pages, 1938, Last Read May 2015
 
  28 votes, 7.2%

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, 258 pages, 1989, Last Read January 2017
 
  28 votes, 7.2%

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 671 pages, 1866, Last Read June 2014
 
  26 votes, 6.6%

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, 867 pages, 1847, Last Read October 2011
 
  26 votes, 6.6%

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, 542 pages, 1848, Last Read April 2015
 
  26 votes, 6.6%

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, 254 pages, 1890, Last Read November 2016
 
  23 votes, 5.9%

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  20 votes, 5.1%

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, 296 pages, 1929, Last Read September 2015
 
  19 votes, 4.9%

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, 343 pages, 1966, Last Read November 2016
 
  18 votes, 4.6%

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 154 pages, 1900, Last Read February 2012
 
  17 votes, 4.3%

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, 146 pages, 1962, Last Read September 2016
 
  13 votes, 3.3%

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  12 votes, 3.1%

King Lear by William Shakespeare, 316 pages, 1603, Last Read October 2012
 
  11 votes, 2.8%

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, 251 pages, 1853, Lasr Read January 2015
 
  9 votes, 2.3%

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