Let Me Tell You

Author(s): Shirley Jackson

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From the peerless author of The Lottery and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, this is a spectacular new volume of unpublished and uncollected stories, essays, lectures, letters and drawings. Let Me Tell You brings together the deliciously eerie short stories Jackson is best known for with frank and inspiring lectures on writing; comic essays she wrote about her large, rowdy family; and revelatory personal letters and drawings. Jackson's landscape here is most frequently domestic - dinner parties, children's games and neighbourly gossip - but one that is continually threatened and subverted in her unsettling, inimitable prose. This collection is the first opportunity to see Shirley Jackson's radically different modes of writing side by side, revealing her to be a magnificent storyteller, a sharp, sly humorist and a powerful feminist. Shirley Jackson was born in California in 1916. When her short story The Lottery was first published in The New Yorker in 1948, readers were so horrified they sent her hate mail; it has since become one of the most iconic American stories of all time. Her first novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published in the same year and was followed by five more: Hangsaman, The Bird's Nest, The Sundial, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, widely seen as her masterpiece. In addition to her dark, brilliant novels, she wrote lightly fictionalized magazine pieces about family life with her four children and her husband, the critic Stanley Edgar Hyman. Shirley Jackson died in her sleep in 1965 at the age of forty-eight. "An amazing writer." (Neil Gaiman). "The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable...She is a true master." (A. M. Homes). "Shirley Jackson's stories are among the most terrifying ever written." (Donna Tartt).

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An amazing writer -- Neil Gaiman The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable ... She is a true master -- A. M. Homes Shirley Jackson's stories are among the most terrifying ever written -- Donna Tartt Remember the chilling excitement of reading Jackson's 'The Lottery' for the first time? You'll have that same experience over and over again with this new collection Library Journal Jackson, an inspiration to writers from Stephen King to Joyce Carol Oates, dared to look on the dark side and imagine the unimaginable, as demonstrated in this volume of her uncollected and unpublished work Publishers Weekly

Shirley Jackson was born in California in 1916. When her short story The Lottery was first published in the New Yorker in 1948, readers were so horrified they sent her hate mail; it has since become one of the most iconic American stories of all time. Her first novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published in the same year and was followed by five more: Hangsaman, The Bird's Nest, The Sundial, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, widely seen as her masterpiece. In addition to her dark, brilliant novels, she wrote lightly fictionalized magazine pieces about family life with her four children and her husband, the critic Stanley Edgar Hyman. Shirley Jackson died in her sleep in 1965.

General Fields

  • : 9780241198186
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Penguin Classics
  • : July 2015
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Shirley Jackson
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 818.5209
  • : 448