Author’s Profile

Shirley Jackson was a phenomenal author, who won consecutive awards for her amazing contribution to the history of early and later literature within the 1900’s. Mrs. Jackson was born in San Francisco on December 14, 1916. Shirley began writing poetry and short stories as a young teenager. After attending the University of Rochester in 1936, Jackson withdrew and spent time practicing her writing and producing a minimum of a thousand words a day within her home. In 1937 she entered Syracuse University, where she published her first story, “Janice, and won a poetry contest. In 1940 Shirley graduated form Syracuse University, and Shirley began having her stories published in the local news papers.

In 1948 Jackson’s ironic story “The Lottery” was published in The New Yorker, which seemed to be such a record breaking article. Which has become such a well- known short story, that now has been published in dozens of languages, and has become a required reading in some U.S high schools. After Jackson graduated she was recognized and awarded for her numerous literary works.

In 1944 Jackson’s story “Come Dance With Me In Ireland” and her 1951 gothic novel “The Summer People” were both chosen for Best American Short Stories.

In  her best-known 1959 novel “The Haunting of Hill House” received the Edgar Allan Poe Award for “Louia, Please” in 1961. Which was one of the few awards she ever received during her lifetime.

In 1962 Jackson’s best-selling novel “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” was included in the year’s “Ten Best Novels” by Time Magazine. At the age of 48, on August 8 Shirley Jackson died unexpectedly of heart failure during a usual afternoon nap. Shortly after Jackson’s death Stanley Edgar Hyman published Shirley Jackson’s unfinished novel “Come Along With Me”, which she was working on prior to the time of her death. Year after Shirley’s death, “Just An Ordinary Day” and previously unpublished or uncollected short stories were edited. These short stories received near-unanimous great praise.


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