Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson

A Study of the Short Fiction

Book - 1993
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This is the only series to provide in-depth critical introductions to major modern and contemporary short story writers worldwide.

Each volume offers:

-- A comprehensive overview of the artist's short fiction -- including detailed analyses of every significant story

-- Interviews, essays, memoirs and other biographical materials -- often previously unpublished

-- A representative selection of critical responses

-- A comprehensive primary bibliography, a selected bibliography of important criticism, a chronology of the artist's life and works and an index

Publisher: New York : Twayne Publishers, c1993
ISBN: 9780805708530
0805708537
Branch Call Number: 813 J14 Zh
Characteristics: xix, 204 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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Jul 17, 2011

Unfortunately the critical literature available offering insight and commentary into Jackson's work is limited. This book is useful but lacks in thoroughness, not through the fault of the authour but because of that lack of bibliographical gold to mine.

Much of her literary works have been eclipsed by "The Lottery" - a great short story in it's own right, but like a sponge it has sopped up all the attention Jackson is overdue. This book makes an inroad into establishing some more nuanced critical appreciation.

The best essays in this volume are the handful by Jackson herself. "Notes to a Young Writer" alone makes the book worth checking out.

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