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Shirley Jackson: Novels and Stories (The Lottery / The Haunting of Hill House / We Have Always Lived in the Castle) Hardcover – May 27, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America; First Edition edition (May 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598530720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598530728
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shirley Jackson (1919–1965), a celebrated writer of horror, wrote many stories as well as six novels and two works of nonfiction.
In addition to many prize-winning and bestselling novels, including We Were the Mulvaneys, Black Water, and Because It Is Bitter and Because It Is My Heart (available in Plume editions), Joyce Carol Oates is the author of a number of works of gothic fiction including Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque (Plume), a 1995 World Fantasy Award nominee; and Zombie (Plume), winner of the 1996 Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Novel, awarded by the Horror Writers' Association. In 1994, Oates received the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award in Horror Fiction. She is the editor of American Gothic Tales and her latest novel is Broke Heart Blues (Dutton). She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco in 1919. She first received wide critical acclaim for her short story 'The Lottery', which was published in 1948. Her novels--which include The Sundial, The Bird's Nest, Hangsaman, The Road through the Wall, We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House--are characterised by her use of realistic settings for tales that often involve elements of horror and the occult. Raising Demons and Life Among the Savages are her two works of nonfiction. Come Along With Me is a collection of stories, lectures, and part of the novel she was working on when she died in 1965.

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I borrowed this form the library and will be buying my own copy.
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This book is beautifully presented with many of Ms Jackson's writings.
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I recently just found out about Shirley Jackson and her unique works.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By rndkr on June 11, 2010
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A few years ago I read a review of an anthology of short stories in which a story by Joyce Carol Oates was praised as "a study of loneliness worthy of Shirley Jackson." For that and many other reasons how apropos that it's Oates herself who has compiled the contents of this very welcome volume, which features Jackson's three best books in their entirety: her 1949 collection The Lottery and Other Stories, and her classic novels The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Not only that, but a bumper crop of 22 of her other short stories are included as well, some of which are among her very best: "One Ordinary day, With Peanuts," "A Visit, or The Lovely House," "The Summer People," "I Know Who I Love," and "The Bus." Jackson's been my favorite author since I was a teen, and I've been really happy to see her literary rep growing again in recent years; I'm hoping this volume might do well enough that The Library of America might release a companion volume collecting her four other novels: The Road Through the Wall, The Bird's Nest, The Sundial, and my favorite of the bunch, the underrated bildungsroman, Hangsaman (I'd also throw in her book of very funny family stories, Life Among the Savages, as well as the novel she was working on at the time of her death, Come Along with Me).Read more ›
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87 of 94 people found the following review helpful By David C. Smith on May 27, 2010
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Here are the contents of The Library of America's first Shirley Jackson volume:

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE

THE LOTTERY; OR, THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES HARRIS (story collection)
The Intoxicated
The Daemon Lover
Like Mother Used to Make
Trial by Combat
The Villager
My Life with R. H. Macy
The Witch
The Renegade
After You, My Dear Alphonse
Charles
Afternoon in Linen
Flower Garden
Dorothy and My Grandmother and the Sailors
Colloquy
Elizabeth
A Fine Old Firm
The Dummy
Seven Types of Ambiguity
Come Dance with Me in Ireland
Of Course
Pillar of Salt
Men with Their Big Shoes
The Tooth
Got a Letter from Jimmy
The Lottery

UNCOLLECTED STORIES
Janice
A Cauliflower in Her Hair
Behold the Child Among His Newborn Blisses
It Isn't the Money I Mind
The Third Baby's the Easiest
The Summer People
Island
The Night We All Had Grippe
A Visit; or, The Lovely House
This Is the Life; or, Journey with a Lady
One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts
Louisa, Please Come Home
The Little House
The Bus
The Possibility of Evil

UNPUBLISHED STORIES & SKETCHES
Portrait
The Mouse
I Know Who I Love
The Beautiful Stranger
The Rock
The Honeymoon of Mrs. Smith

Appendix: Biography of a Story
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By lilbee on February 13, 2011
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I have loved Shirley Jackson since I read WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE in middle school. Her work is amazing. I have copies of the stories/novels in this collection, but it is lovely to have them all together. "Charles" and "My Life with R.H. Macy" have lost none of their charms. For those who haven't discovered Shirley Jackson, buy this to get a sense of her complete talent. This is truly a gift for Shirley Jackson fans that has been long overdue.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By estaQ on June 14, 2013
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I was so happy to find this collection of one of my favorite American writers; I could read her prose all day every day. If only I could SEE it. Five stars for the work. Three stars for this collection. Sorry.

Sadly, I had to return this book, based on the extremely thin paper (anyone remember onion skin? Kinda thinner than that) it's printed on. Kind of like Bible pages, though I have never complained about that when reading the Bible.

I read reviews here referring to the thin paper, and since the collection is everything Shirley Jackson that I've ever wanted, I figured, "how bad could it be?". Answer: pretty bad. For one thing, the thinness of the stock means it isn't very white, so therefore there cant be much contrast in the type. Which may not have been much help since the font used is super fragile, for lack of a better word. And kind of gray, rather than black. And pretty teency tiny. Most of this country is made up of BabyBoomers, publishers would do well to keep that in mind. WE CAN'T SEE!!!

Somebody noted here that to have the amount of work as this book has, put into a single volume with the above improvements would mean it was humongous. Uh... I'm fine with that. A bigger format, larger font, brighter white/more opaque stock, darker black ink, well then you'd have something. If it was two or three volumes, no problem here; how often are you going to want the ENTIRE collection with you all at once? If you're thinking this is what you'll read on the plane ride to Australia (17 hrs), well maybe that's the time to invest in the eBook. I will probably will end up buying an eBook edition of this collection if/when available. At least I can control the contrast and font size on my nook.
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