Essay about The Life and Literary Works of Shirley Jackson

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Shirley Jackson was born on December 14, 1919 to Leslie and Geraldine Jackson. Her surroundings were comfortable and friendly. Two years after Shirley was born, her family with her newborn brother moved from San Francisco to Burlingame, California, about thirty miles away. "According to her mother, Shirley began to compose verse almost as soon as she could write it" (Friedman, 18). As a child, Shirley was interested in sports and literature. In 1930, a year before she attended Burlingame High School, Shirley began writing poetry and short stories. Jackson enrolled in the liberal arts program at the University of Rochester in 1934. But after periods of unhappiness and questioning the loyalty of her friends, she withdrew from the university.…show more content…
Not until the year of her death in 1965-twenty-five years later- was the medal finally awarded to her-in absentia, since she was unable to attend the ceremony."(Friedman, 26)

In 1940, after their graduation Hyman and Jackson, who had a relationship, were married. While living in Vermont, Jackson continued to write. One of her earliest times in Vermont later became material for her first book about the family, "Life Among the Savages." Between 1945 and 1947, Jackson was occupied with her first novel, "The Road Through the Wall." But it was in 1948 that her greatest success was achieved. The publication of the short story, "The Lottery", brought fame, as well as letters from readers all over the country. But more often there were abusive letters from people who did not understand her motives or what she was trying to do. A year later a book entitled, "The Lottery", was published containing an assortment of short stories including "The Lottery." The critics by that time, had decided that Shirely Jackson was a writer of much talent and uniqueness. Even though Jackson was raising four children while her husband went to work, she still found time to write. Sometimes when a story idea would come to her, she would bolt off to her typewriter. Instead of fighting writing, as other writers do; she found the opposite; that writing was relaxing.

In 1949, the Hymans moved to Westport, Connecticut. As usual she worked hard. Six of her stories were published in various
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