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Book Title: Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings|
Date of issue: August 4th 2015
ISBN 13: 9780812997675
The author of the book: Shirley Jackson
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.46 MB
Edition: Random House
Read full description of the books Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings:From the renowned author of “The Lottery” and The Haunting of Hill House comes a spectacular new volume of unpublished and uncollected work. Since her death in 1965, Shirley Jackson’s place in the landscape of twentieth-century fiction has only grown, and now Let Me Tell You brings together her uniquely eerie short stories, frank and inspiring lectures on writing, comic essays about her family, and revelatory personal letters and drawings.
Read information about the authorShirley Jackson was an influential American author. A popular writer in her time, her work has received increasing attention from literary critics in recent years. She has influenced such writers as Stephen King, Nigel Kneale, and Richard Matheson.
She is best known for her dystopian short story, "The Lottery" (1948), which suggests there is a deeply unsettling underside to bucolic, smalltown America. In her critical biography of Shirley Jackson, Lenemaja Friedman notes that when Shirley Jackson's story "The Lottery" was published in the June 28, 1948, issue of The New Yorker, it received a response that "no New Yorker story had ever received." Hundreds of letters poured in that were characterized by, as Jackson put it, "bewilderment, speculation and old-fashioned abuse."
Jackson's husband, the literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman, wrote in his preface to a posthumous anthology of her work that "she consistently refused to be interviewed, to explain or promote her work in any fashion, or to take public stands and be the pundit of the Sunday supplements. She believed that her books would speak for her clearly enough over the years." Hyman insisted the darker aspects of Jackson's works were not, as some critics claimed, the product of "personal, even neurotic, fantasies", but that Jackson intended, as "a sensitive and faithful anatomy of our times, fitting symbols for our distressing world of the concentration camp and the Bomb", to mirror humanity's Cold War-era fears. Jackson may even have taken pleasure in the subversive impact of her work, as revealed by Hyman's statement that she "was always proud that the Union of South Africa banned The Lottery', and she felt that they at least understood the story".
In 1965, Jackson died of heart failure in her sleep, at her home in North Bennington Vermont, at the age of 48.
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