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  • Hardcover
  • 608
  • Shirley Jackson
  • Ruth Franklin
  • English
  • 09 June 2020
  • 9780871403131

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Shirley Jackson Summary Ð 104 Of marriage and motherhood Jackson's creative ascent was haunted by a darker side As her career progressed her marriage became tenuous her anxiety mounted and she became addicted to amphetamines and tranuilizers In sobering detail Franklin insightfully examines the effects of Jackson's California upbringing in the shadow of a hypercritical mother on her relationship with her husband juxtaposing Hyman's infidelities domineering behavior and professional jealousy with his unerring admiration for Jackson's fiction which he was convinced was among the most brilliant he had ever encounteredBased on a wealth of previously undiscovered correspondence and dozens of new interviews Shirley Jackson―an exploration of astonishing talent shaped by a damaging childhood and turbulent marriage―becomes the definitive biography of a generational avatar and an American literary giant. A biography of the too often overlooked American writer Shirley Jackson 1916 65 author of The Lottery The Haunting of Hill House and other tales of a damaged psycheBook Review Despite the recent renewal of her reputation all her major work seems to be in print Shirley Jackson is one of the most underrated authors of the 20th Century so I much anticipated this new biography by Ruth Franklin Unfortunately I was disappointed and this is not the definitive volume I hoped for To paraphrase Franklin herself I am impressed by the amount of work that has gone into the book but am underwhelmed by its argumentShirley Jackson A Rather Haunted Life reads as if Ruth Franklin wanted to write a biography of Jackson s husband critic Stanley Hyman found no takers so decided to turn it into a biography of Jackson There are still however long stretches devoted solely to Hyman and Franklin is his strong defender despite Hyman s obvious cruelties to his wife There are large chunks of the book in which Jackson is only an afterthought as Hyman and other of Franklin s preoccupations are discussed This could have been a better and effective biography of Jackson at 300 to 350 pages cutting the irrelevant bits ironic as she notes Jackson s advice to avoid anything extraneous to the narrative Although Franklin fails to acknowledge the prior major biography of Jackson Private Demons The Life of Shirley Jackson by Judy Oppenheimer 1988 in the text it s mentioned in the notes that book is warmer alive affectionate and satisfying Franklin also fails to include some of the invaluable revelations about Jackson contained in that volume As this book was written with significant help from Jackson s children it s unclear how much she chose not to publish because of that assistance she states they read the manuscript before publication but ceded approval of its final version Despite Franklin s own interviews and access to new documents the book ends suddenly leaving uestions unanswered and it s unclear whether Franklin tried to answer them There are curious silences in this book there is no bibliography or list of supplemental commentaries or referencesAt times it seems this was too big a project and the writing suffers for it perhaps editing was needed Some stories are repeated two or three times and the many detours away from Jackson s story are distracting and unhelpful Plot summaries of Jackson s works can be inaccurate or plots given only a single interpretation when other views are eually likely The author often makes value judgments and conjectures wildly about rape bigotry and the like providing little or no evidence to support her opinions and theories Better to let the reader decide rather than merely speculate At one point Franklin asks What is witchcraft after all but the desire to generate fear in others and instill their obedience Well that is not my understanding of witchcraft Later Franklin writes Witchcraft was important to Jackson for what it symbolized female strength and potency Female strength is generating fear and instilling obedienceFranklin s take on situations is freuently uestionable In one novel when a mentally disabled girl seeking art to decorate their shabby house accidentally orders pornographic pictures Franklin finds this to be one of the books wonderful moments of humor Mocking the disabled is not what Jackson always sensitive to outcasts would find humorous But admittedly Franklin finds much levity as opposed to incisive satire in Jackson s writing than I do She finds Jackson s novel about multiple personality disorder her most overtly comic novel but another novel is her funniest In yet another a character I only found annoying and offensive is described as comic relief I know I don t have a great sense of humor but this is puzzling if you ve read all Jackson s novels At one point after a large meal together a friend of Jackson and Hyman wrote that They got up hungry Franklin doubting asks How could he know this What Gosh maybe they said I m still hungry when they rose from the table Later a Catholic girl probably did not consider abortion Why speculate if you don t know At some points Franklin takes Jackson s statements at face value and other times notes that Jackson took liberties with the factual record There s also a constant reliance on Betty Friedan as the only feminist writer worth uoting nine times in the index though she later criticizes Friedan as myopic Her take on the great writer Ralph Ellison is also arguableThere are spots where the writing seems immature I ve not read serious biographers who rely on exclamation points to make a point After one of Hyman s repeated infidelities Jackson refrains from sending him an angry letter and then suffers a throat infection Franklin writes the metaphorical connection is too rich to ignore after choking back the words she fell ill with a swollen throat But it was a letter she failed to send there s no mention of a conversation At another point Franklin notes that Jackson no longer had to fight for her turn at the typewriter Of course she also had a baby to take care of Was that a surprise But then Franklin undercuts her own excitement by saying she also seemed to have derived imaginative energy from the constraints of being a housewife Franklin will also provide a uote and then tell us what we should think about it that it was not especially kindly wrote sourly wrote sadly commented unhelpfully wrote insultingly wrote cheerfully wrote snidely a snide line condescending caption responded huffily unkindly described etcetc But when reading the uote these statements were not necessarily sad snide sour Again better to let readers think for themselves because sometimes her adverbs seem askewA careful thoughtful reader of this book will find much to uestion All of these points may seem minor individually but so many flawed opinions and dubious value judgments can make the reader doubt the lens through which the narrative was filtered challenge the reporting and interpretation A close reading shows that the author s preferences are never far from the surface and considered eually important as Jackson herself or why so many tangents away from the subjectFranklin also tries to pigeonhole Jackson s writing with which Jackson would have disagreed as her concerns were broader and universal investigating the demon in the mind the damaged psyche Jackson wrote that her work was one long documentation of anxiety But despite major reservations although I didn t enjoy it I m still glad I read A Rather Haunted Life Together with Judy Oppenheimer s biography it s a contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the too much underappreciated Shirley Jackson it just isn t the definitive summation that Jackson deserves What is still needed what I d hoped to read is something like the controversial but wonderful biography of poet Anne Sexton by Diane Wood Middlebrook 1991 3 Stars

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Shirley Jackson Summary Ð 104 This historically engaging and relevant biography establishes Shirley Jackson as a towering figure in American literature and revives the life and work of a neglected masterStill known to millions primarily as the author of the The Lottery Shirley Jackson 1916 1965 has been curiously absent from the mainstream American literary canon A genius of literary suspense and psychological horror Jackson plumbed the cultural anxiety of postwar America deeply than anyone Now biographer Ruth Franklin reveals the tumultuous life and inner darkness of the author of such classics as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the CastlePlacing Jackson within an American gothic tradition that stretches back to Hawthorne and Poe Franklin demonstrates how her uniue contribution to this genre came from her focus on domestic horror Almost two decades before The Feminine Mysti. Shirley Jackson A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin is a 2016 Liveright publication I wonder when hearing the name Shirley Jackson which book pops into your mind The Lottery or We Have Always Lived in a Castle or The Haunting of Hill House I d bet most people associate Jackson with Hill House which is understandable But for me The Lottery is the first thing that pops into my mind Mainly this is because of a personal experience that even after all these years still sticks in my mind I was in the fifth grade the day was cold and rainy so the teachers kept us indoors deciding to allow the class to watch a film to keep us occupied The film we watched was The Lottery which was based on Jackson s short story This would have been the 1969 version This version can be found on YouTube if you want to see a bit of nostalgiaI had never heard of it and if my classmates were being honest they would have to admit they hadn t either I suspect my two teachers in the progressive school I attended were also rather ignorant of the film s content since I can t even with the enlightenment our children are apt to possess these days would have shown that particular film if they had known what to expect While the film was and may still be shown to high school and college students I don t know if it was intended for fifth graders I remember the absolute silence in the classroom when the film ended I still remember the shock I felt after the movie ended and recall having a few nightmares too Years later Jackson would grab headlines again with this opening to The Haunting of Hill House No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality even larks and katydids are supposed by some to dream Hill House not sane stood by itself against its hills holding darkness within it had stood for eighty years and might stand for eighty Within walls continued upright bricks made neatly floors were firm and doors were sensibly shut silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House and whatever walked there walked alone That line is perhaps one of the most chilling opening seuences ever at least in regards to stories about haunted houses and the novel solidified Shirley s reputation and popularity However despite her undeniable and natural talent as a writer and her ultimate success both critical and commercial her private life was by turns happy and content or unhappy and discontent occasionally all at once Shirley and her mother had a rocky relationship which most likely left her with a predisposition which allowed the same behavior and treatment from her husband Stanley Hyman to go on from the beginning of their relationship and into their marriage pretty much unchecked Shirley s writing often tackled in an allegorical way the difficulties of balancing her homemaking role with her desire for a career in writing The rock and a hard place she often found herself in was expressed in her stories which chronicled loneliness depression anxiety fantasy and longing showcasing the conflicts and feelings of entrapment and boredom women coped with especially those who were married Shirley s struggled with her husband s many infidelities her strained relationship with her mother the expectations placed on her and with her appearance Shirley had trouble with her weight and was not interested in becoming a fashion plate Her life was her writing her books and her children She did try to control her weight at least on a few occasions and fought hard against anxiety and hoped for relief for debilitating headaches These battles led her doctors to prescribe a myriad of medications which only added to her health problems and increased her anxiety One interesting subject which was played up by Shirley on occasion was her interest in witchcraft and the occult She even learned to read Tarot cards But the author stops short of suggesting the interest went beyond that although Shirley often joked about using witchcraft for one purpose or another Still the author insists most of that was simply something Shirley did to tease and entice hoping to add a little mystiue to her personality and sell books of course Jackson was interested in witchcraft she writes less as a practical method for influencing the world than as a way of embracing and channeling female power at a time when women in America often had little control over their lives In many ways Shirley is an enigma a woman ahead of her time and full of inconsistencies I could sympathize and relate to her on many points felt outraged on her behalf and was amazed by her talent This biography is very well researched organized and chock full of revealing details and interviews never published until now The author wisely allows the reader to draw their own conclusions about what Shirley s work really meant and gently points to the parallels between her personal life and the stories she wroteThere were a few times when the author strayed off course and spent a little too much time with Shirley s family members especially with Stanley Occasionally I grew impatient with this and Stanley personally was pretty hard to take but thankfully it only happened a couple of times There are also a few photographs and includes a comprehensive index at the end It is obvious Ruth Franklin tackled Shirley s biography with respect and awe covering every aspect of her life giving the reader one of the most intimate portraits of this beloved and often underestimated author The care and time that went into this book is uite apparent While I have enjoyed a couple of pretty decent memoirs lately this is one of the most fascinating biographies I ve read in recent memory Every single moment was interesting absorbing and provoked as many emotions as a novel might for its fictional main character I have not read all of Shirley Jackson s novels but I hope I can find copies of her work other than the novels she is most famous for She was a most prolific author and a great talent gone way too soon and it is sad she didn t live to see her literary contributions gain the measure of respect she was mostly denied in her lifetime 4 stars

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Shirley Jackson Summary Ð 104 Ue ignited the women's movement Jackson's stories and nonfiction chronicles were already exploring the exploitation and the desperate isolation of women particularly married women in American society Franklin's portrait of Jackson gives us a way of reading Jackson and her work that threads her into the weave of the world of words as a writer and as a woman rather than excludes her as an anomaly Neil GaimanThe increasingly prescient Jackson emerges as a ferociously talented determined and prodigiously creative writer in a time when it was unusual for a woman to have both a family and a profession A mother of four and the wife of the prominent New Yorker critic and academic Stanley Edgar Hyman Jackson lived a seemingly bucolic life in the New England town of North Bennington Vermont Yet much like her stories which channeled the occult while exploring the claustrophobia. Review copyAdmittedly I don t read a lot of biographies Not my thing Nothing against them I just prefer to spend my time reading fiction That being said when I saw there was going to be a Shirley Jackson bio I decided to get out of my comfort zone just a bitShirley Jackson is perhaps most remembered for her short story THE LOTTERY and her novel THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE but there is so much to her short lifeThe bio covers her childhood college years she wasn t a very good student early published works novels family life her troubles with anxiety and a period of agoraphobia and ends with her untimely deathShirley Jackson was the mother of four Two boys and two girls Laurence Laurie Joanne Jannie Sarah Sally Barry Each uniue in their own way and often fodder for lighter humorous stories she wrote in sharp contrast to her serious pieces She also had a sense of humor about the children s misdeeds One day Laurence twelve or thirteen years old balked when she told him to take a bath Shirley went into the kitchen came back with an egg and smashed it on his head Now you need a bath she told himHer husband Stanley Hyman was a firm believer in polyamorous relationships much to Jackson s dismay but despite numerous thoughts of divorce throughout the years the couple remained married until her death in 1965Of the many uotes from Jackson s work included in her biography there was one which seemed just as relevant today as it was when written 60 years ago From THE WITCHCRAFT OF SALEM VILLAGEWe are not tolerant or valiant than the people of Salem and we are just as willing to do battle with an imaginary enemyThe people of Salem hanged and tortured their neighbors from a deep conviction that they were right to do so Some of our own deepest convictions may be false We might say that we have far to be afraid of today than the people of Salem ever dreamed of but that would not really be true We have exactly the same thing to be afraid of the demon in men s minds which prompts hatred and anger and fear an irrational demon which shows a different face to every generation but never gives up its fight to win over the worldThe biography is certainly complete right own to the seemingly most minor of details As much a treatise on the times and the publishing industry in general as it was on the life of Jackson Plus there are a number of wonderful pictures interspersed throughout the book Recommended for all readers who are the least bit curious about Shirley JacksonPublished by Liveright a division of WW Norton Company Shirley Jackson A Rather Haunted Life is available in hardcover e book and audio formatsFrom the author s bio Ruth Franklin is a book critic and former editor at The New Republic She has written for many publications including The New Yorker Harper s The New York Times Book Review The New York Review of Books and Salmagundi She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in biography a Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library a Leon Levy Fellowship in biography and the Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism Her first book A Thousand Darknesses Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction Oxford University Press 2011 was a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature She lives in Brooklyn New York


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