Shirley Jackson


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

Died
August 08, 1965

Genre


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
...more

Average rating: 3.95 · 466,666 ratings · 42,584 reviews · 233 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Haunting of Hill House

by
3.84 avg rating — 168,023 ratings — published 1959 — 711 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
We Have Always Lived in the...

3.98 avg rating — 120,339 ratings — published 1962 — 121 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Lottery and Other Stories

4.06 avg rating — 64,098 ratings — published 1949 — 31 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Lottery

4.09 avg rating — 58,695 ratings — published 1948 — 31 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Life Among the Savages

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 5,290 ratings — published 1953 — 23 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Hangsaman

3.76 avg rating — 4,116 ratings — published 1951 — 23 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Sundial

3.83 avg rating — 3,020 ratings — published 1958 — 25 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Let Me Tell You: New Storie...

by
4.09 avg rating — 2,462 ratings — published 2015 — 12 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Dark Tales

4.04 avg rating — 2,926 ratings — published 2013 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Lottery and Other Stori...

4.41 avg rating — 1,409 ratings — published 1991 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Shirley Jackson…
Life Among the Savages Raising Demons
(2 books)
by
4.05 avg rating — 7,236 ratings

Related News

Are you having a difficult time reading these days? If so, you're not alone. Since the pandemic began, I've found it harder to concentrate on...
90 likes · 40 comments
Mexican Gothic begins when happily ever after turns into a nightmare. The story unfolds with the Taboada family receiving a mysterious letter from...
141 likes · 23 comments
Victor LaValle knows his way around a scary tale or two. He's the author of the horror novels The Ballad of Black Tom...
78 likes · 25 comments
“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. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.”
Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

Polls

Welk boek gaan we in november 2020 lezen? (Halloween)

Dracula van Bram Stoker - 432 pagina's
 
  27 votes 23.5%

It van Stephen King - 1.116 pagina's
 
  23 votes 20.0%

De Ravenjongens van Maggie Stiefvater - 365 pagina's
 
  21 votes 18.3%

 
  17 votes 14.8%

Gevangen (Under the Dome) van Stephen King - 976 pagina's
 
  14 votes 12.2%

 
  13 votes 11.3%

115 total votes
More...

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
The Next Best Boo...: What You Wish You Read in High School 47 478 Jul 30, 2009 10:44AM  
Pick-a-Shelf: 2009-10 - Paranormal - What will you Read in October 50 115 Oct 22, 2009 04:08PM  
The Book Challenge: Meghan's Other 2009 Challenges 11 226 Oct 31, 2009 09:58AM  
The Life of a Boo...: Need suggestions for one of my goals 44 119 Nov 21, 2009 03:15PM  
Challenge: 50 Books: Collections of Short Stories 15 525 Nov 25, 2009 11:35AM