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Jackson, Shirley

Jackson, Shirley, 1916–65, American writer, b. San Francisco. She is best known for her stories and novels of horror and the occult, rendered more terrifying because they are set against realistic, everyday backgrounds. Her best-known work is The Lottery, a harrowing short story first published in the New Yorker in 1948. Jackson's novels include The Haunting of Hill House (1959) and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962). The Magic of Shirley Jackson (1966), Come Along with Me (1968), and Just An Ordinary Day (1997) are collections of her stories Let Me Tell You (2015) contains stories, essays, and other writings, most previously unpublished. She was married to the critic Stanley Edgar Hyman.

See Shirley Jackson: Novels and Stories (2010), ed. by J. C. Oates biography by J. Oppenheimer (1988) studies by L. Friedman (1975), J. W. Hall (1993), H. Bloom, ed. (2001), D. Hattenhauer (2003), B. M. Murphy, ed. (2005), and C. Haines (2007) bibliography by P. N. Reinsch (2001).

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