This long-awaited biography establishes Shirley Jackson as a towering figure in American literature and revives the life and work of a neglected master.
8. November 2016, reviewLibrary Journal, starred review
Drawing on a trove of research?including previously unpublished letters and interviews?and her own astute analysis of Jackson’s fiction, Franklin gives her subject her much-deserved due and sets the standard for future literary biographers wresting with t
8. November 2016, reviewBooklist, starred review
With unprecedented access to private papers, Franklin traces the evolution of Jackson’s sensibility as a writer, building toward an ever-more nuanced understanding of the covert ways she deftly paired ‘the horrific with the mundane’ to both express her ow
8. November 2016, reviewKirkus, starred review
An engaging, sympathetic portrait of the writer who found the witchery in huswifery. . . . [Franklin] deftly captures the many selves and multiple struggles of a true American original.
8. November 2016, reviewPublishers Weekly
A gripping and graceful portrait of the mind, life, and work of groundbreaking American author Shirley Jackson. . . . Treating her subject with a generous eye and gorgeous prose, Franklin describes . . . the elements that make Jackson a writer of lasting