Shirley Jackson Biography Essay

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Shirley Jackson was born on December 14, 1916 in San Francisco, California. She was the daughter of Leslie Hardie (President of Stecher-Traung Lithograph,Inc.) and Geraldine Bugbee Jackson.

Miss Jackson attended the University of Rochester from 1934 to 1936. She graduated with a BA from Syracuse University in 1940. Shortly after graduating, she married Stanley Edgar Hyman, who was a literary critic and was on the faculty of Bennington college.. They moved to Vermont and had four children together.

Miss Jackson made her first appearance in The New Yorker in 1943 with a casual sketch "After You Dear Alphonse." Then for the next ten years was a contributor of short stories.

Shirley had spent her childhood living on the coast and
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They often behave with callous disregard of those around them."

Speaking of the reaction provoked by The Lottery, Jackson wrote in The Story and It's Writer, An Introduction to Short Fiction; "One of the most terrifying aspects of publishing stories and books is the realization that they are going to be read, and read by strangers.""I had never really fully understood this before." "It had simply never occurred to me that these millions and millions of people, would sit down and write me letters I was downright scared to open. Even my mother scolded me."

Miss Jackson also stated, "If I thought this was a valid cross section of the reading public, I would give up writing."

In 1959 Miss Jackson wrote a novel called The Haunting of Hill House. In 1963 it was made into a film called The Haunting, starring Julie Harris and Claire Bloom. In this story a group of researchers gather at an old estate house as part of a psychic investigaqtion to see if the building is haunted. One of the women invited to participate on the project because of her sensitivity to the supernatural becomes obsessed with or possessed by the house.

Carol Cleveland explained in And Then There Were Nine-More Women of Mystery, "that with this novel Jackson had given the traditional gothic