Shirley Jackson Biography

Shirley Hardie Jackson was an American author. She was a popular writer in her time, and her work has received increased attention from literary critics in recent years. She influenced Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Nigel Kneale, and Richard Matheson.

She is best known for the short story "The Lottery", which suggests a secret, sinister underside to bucolic small-town America. In her critical biography of Jackson, Lenemaja Friedman notes that when "The Lottery" was published in the June 26, 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". In the July 22, 1948, issue of the San Francisco Chronicle, Jackson offered the following in response to persistent queries from her readers about her intentions:

Explaining just what I had hoped the story to say is very difficult. I suppose, I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to shock the story's readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Shirley Jackson
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Writer, Novelist, Author, Screenwriter
Date of Birth:
December 14, 1916
Astrological Sign:
Sagittarius
Date of Death:
August 8, 1965
Age at Death:
48
Cause of Death:
Cardiovascular disease
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