The Classic Supernatural Thriller By An Author Who Helped Define The GenreFirst Published In 1959, Shirley Jackson S The Haunting Of Hill House Has Been Hailed As A Perfect Work Of Unnerving Terror It Is The Story Of Four Seekers Who Arrive At A Notoriously Unfriendly Pile Called Hill House Dr Montague, An Occult Scholar Looking For Solid Evidence Of A Haunting Theodora, His Lighthearted Assistant Eleanor, A Friendless, Fragile Young Woman Well Acquainted With Poltergeists And Luke, The Future Heir Of Hill House At First, Their Stay Seems Destined To Be Merely A Spooky Encounter With Inexplicable Phenomena But Hill House Is Gathering Its Powers And Soon It Will Choose One Of Them To Make Its Own.
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 Ameri 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, speculation and old fashioned abuse Jackson s husband, the literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman, wrote in his preface to a posthumous anthology of her work that she consistently refused to be interviewed, to explain or promote her work in any fashion, or to take public stands and be the pundit of the Sunday supplements She believed that her books would speak for her clearly enough over the years Hyman insisted the darker aspects of Jackson s works were not, as some critics claimed, the product of personal, even neurotic, fantasies , but that Jackson intended, as a sensitive and faithful anatomy of our times, fitting symbols for our distressing world of the concentration camp and the Bomb , to mirror humanity s Cold War era fears Jackson may even have taken pleasure in the subversive impact of her work, as revealed by Hyman s statement that she was always proud that the Union of South Africa banned The Lottery , and she felt that they at least understood the story.In 1965, Jackson died of heart failure in her sleep, at her home in North Bennington Vermont, at the age of 48
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