From the renowned author of aThe Lotterya and The Haunting of Hill House, a spectacular new volume of previously unpublished and uncollected stories, essays, and other writings. Shirley Jackson is one of the most important American writers of the last hundred years. Since her death in 1965, her place in the landscape of twentieth-century fiction has grown only more exalted. As we approach the centenary of her birth comes this astonishing compilation of fifty-six piecesamore than forty of which have never been published before. Two of Jacksonas children co-edited this volume, culling through the vast archives of their motheras papers at the Library of Congress, selecting only the very best for inclusion. Let Me Tell You brings together the deliciously eerie short stories Jackson is best known for, along with frank, inspiring lectures on writing; comic essays about her large, boisterous family; and whimsical drawings. Jacksonas landscape here is most frequently domestic: dinner parties and bridge, household budgets and homeward-bound commutes, childrenas games and neighborly gossip. But this familiar setting is also her most subversive: She wields humor, terror, and the uncanny to explore the real challenges of marriage, parenting, and communityathe pressure of social norms, the veins of distrust in love, the constant lack of time and space. For the first time, this collection showcases Shirley Jacksonas radically different modes of writing side by side. Together they show her to be a magnificent storyteller, a sharp, sly humorist, and a powerful feminist. This volume includes a Foreword by the celebrated literary critic and Jackson biographer Ruth Franklin. Praise for Let Me Tell You aStunning.aaO: The Oprah Magazine aLet us nowaat lastacelebrate dangerous women writers: how cheering to see justice done with [this collection of] Shirley Jacksonas heretofore unpublished worksauniquely unsettling stories and ruthlessly barbed essays on domestic life.aaVanity Fair aFeels like an uncanny dollhouse: Everything perfectly rendered, but something deliciously not quite right.aaNPR aThere are . . . times in reading [Jacksonas] accounts of desperate women in their thirties slowly going crazy that she seems an American Jean Rhys, other times when she rivals even Flannery OaConnor in her cool depictions of inhumanity and insidious cruelty, and still others when she matches Philip K. Dick at his most hallucinatory. At her best, though, sheas just incomparable.aaThe Washington Post aOffers insights into the vagaries of [Jacksonas] mind, which was ruminant and generous, accommodating such diverse figures as Dr. Seuss and Samuel Richardson.aaThe New York Times Book Review (Editorsa Choice) aThe best pieces clutch your throat, gently at first, and then with growing strength. . . . The whole collection has a timelessness.aaThe Boston Globe a[Jacksonas] writing, both fiction and nonfiction, has such enduring powerashe brings out the darkness in life, the poltergeists shut into everyoneas basement, and offers them up, bringing wit and even joy to the examination.aaUSA Today aThe closest we can get to sitting down and having a conversation with . . . one of the most original voices of her generation.aaThe Huffington Post aA master of uncanny suspense, Jackson wrote sentences that crept up on the reader, knife in hand.aaNew York From the Hardcover edition.New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings Shirley Jackson Laurence Hyman, Sarah Hyman DeWitt. Shirley. Jackson. Shirley Jackson, whose short story aThe Lotterya firmly established her as a master of the form, was born in San Francisco onanbsp;...
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