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Detroit Lakes Public Library 921 JAC (Text) 33500012418935 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780871403131 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0871403137 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: print
    pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2016.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.: "This long-awaited biography establishes Shirley Jackson as a towering figure in American literature and revives the life and work of a neglected master. Still known to millions only as the author of the "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) remains curiously absent from the American literary canon. A genius of literary suspense, Jackson plumbed the cultural anxiety of postwar America better than anyone. Now, biographer Ruth Franklin reveals the tumultuous life and inner darkness of the author behind such classics as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Placing Jackson within an American Gothic tradition of Hawthorne and Poe, Franklin demonstrates how her unique contribution to this genre came from her focus on "domestic horror" drawn from an era hostile to women. Based on a wealth of previously undiscovered correspondence and dozens of new interviews, Shirley Jackson, with its exploration of astonishing talent shaped by a damaged childhood and a troubled marriage to literary critic Stanley Hyman, becomes the definitive biography of a generational avatar and an American literary giant."--
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  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 June #1
    *Starred Review* When Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" was published in the New Yorker in 1948, the response was a pen-paper-postage equivalent of going viral. Although Jackson wrote many more works of arresting literary suspense concerned with "cruelty and alienation," as well as, improbably enough, best-selling true-life domestic comedy (the forerunner, as critic Franklin notes, of today's "mommy blogs"), she is generally remembered only for that singular tale. In her engrossing and enlightening foundational biography, Franklin redresses this unjust diminishing of Jackson's extraordinary accomplishments, the final insult in a too-brief life poisoned by the selfishness of those closest to her—her harshly critical mother and her philandering husband, the literary critic Stanley Hyman. Franklin seamlessly combines the bitterly ironic story of Jackson's demanding, self-destructive life—in which she strived for literary breakthroughs while supporting herself, Hyman, and their four children and running their hectic households, primarily in Vermont—with astute analysis of Jackson's disquieting, darkly funny, profoundly subversive writings. With unprecedented access to private papers, Franklin traces the evolution of Jackson's sensibility as a writer, building toward an ever-more nuanced understanding of the covert ways she deftly paired "the horrific with the mundane" to both express her own anger and pain while also illuminating the fears, anxiety, anti-Semitism, racism, and sexism of the conformity-obsessed Cold War era. A precise, revelatory, and moving reclamation of an American literary master. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Jackson, Shirley 1916-1965
Authors, American 20th century Biography
Women authors United States Biography
Genre: Biographies.
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