Fun Facts Friday: Shirley Jackson

December 14, 2012

American author Shirley Jackson (14 December, 1916 -8 August, 1965) born on this day. She is best known for her excellent short story The Lottery.

Fun Facts Friday: Shirley Jackson

Books by Shirley Jackson

Fun Facts about Shirley Jackson:

1 ) Jackson believed in white and black magic

2 ) The author influenced Stephen King and Neil Gaiman

3 ) Jackson’s husband, Stanley Hyman, is a noted jazz and literary critic.

4 ) When The Lottery was published in The New Yorker (26 June, 1948) many readers cancelled their subscription in anger.

5 ) South Africa banned The Lottery all together. Jackson took it as a compliment.

6 ) Jackson completed six novels.

7 ) Jackson, a housewife as well as a writer, said that writing is “the only way I can get to sit down.”

8 ) Jackson died of heart failure, thought to be brought on by smoking and weight issues.

9 ) In 2007 the Shirley Jackson Awards were established. The prize is awarded in several categories (short fiction, novellas, etc.) to stories in horror , the dark fantastic ,and psychological suspense.

10) Stephen King wrote: that “there are few if any descriptive passages in the English language that are any finer than this; it is the sort of quiet epiphany every writer hopes for: words that somehow transcend the sum of the parts.” About the opening paragraphs of The Haunting of Hill House.

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American author Shirley Jackson (14 December, 1916 -8 August, 1965) born on this day. She is best known for her excellent short story The Lottery.
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4 Comments

  • The Literary Lioness December 14, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I remember the first time I read The Lottery in grade school. I was shocked and I have never forgotten it!

  • Michael @ Literary Exploration December 16, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I really have to read The Lottery, but haven’t go a hold of it yet

  • Ryan December 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I love almost everything Shirley Jackson ever wrote, though I’m most partial to The Haunting of Hill House.

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