Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson
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On the centennial of Shirley Jackson's birth, we explore the great literary work that she left for us -- the stories and novels that continue to resonate in our culture.

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Ruth Franklin is the author of "Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life." In her book, Franklin argues that Jackson's body of work channeled women's anxieties at the time, representing "nothing less than the secret history of American women of her era."More

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13:35
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We take a closer look at one of Shirley Jackson's most haunting short stories, "The Daemon Lover." Joan Wylie Hall is our guide.  She's the author of "Shirley Jackson: A Study of the Short Fiction."More

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Shirley Jackson didn't just write haunting short stories and novels filled with psychological horror and suspense. She also wrote comic essays about her struggles to balance her writing career with family life -- her husband, literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman, and her four children. The oldest of these children is Laurence Jackson Hyman. He and his sister, Sarah Hyman DeWitt, put together a collection of Shirley Jackson's writing called "Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings."More

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9:43
Stills from “The Lottery,” courtesy of Hill & Wang.
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Miles Hyman is Shirley Jackson's grandson. He's an artist who specializes in graphic novels and adaptations of classic literature. His latest book has a lot of personal meaning for him.

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Chuck Palahniuk has made a very successful career out of writing transgressive fiction. So maybe it's not surprising that Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" had a huge impact on Palahniuk.More

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11:26
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December 11, 2016
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