Shirley Jackson

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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1860, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, 672 pages
 
  20 votes, 14.7%

1953, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 238 pages
 
  17 votes, 12.5%

 
  15 votes, 11.0%

 
  13 votes, 9.6%

 
  12 votes, 8.8%

 
  11 votes, 8.1%

1898, The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, 192 pages
 
  10 votes, 7.4%

 
  10 votes, 7.4%

 
  8 votes, 5.9%

1935, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, 320 pages
 
  7 votes, 5.1%

 
  7 votes, 5.1%

 
  6 votes, 4.4%

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