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Book critic for Harper's, New Yorker, etc. Author of A Thousand Darknesses. At work on Shirley Jackson bio: See also: @josephbraude

Chess Story (New York Review Books Classics) — Chess Story (New York Review Books Classics) by Stefan Zweig: Chess Story, also known as The Royal Game, is the Austrian master Stefan Zweig's final achievement, completed in Brazilian exile and sent off to his American publisher only days before his suicide in 1942. It is the only story in which Zweig looks at...

vikingpenguinbooks: Ruth Franklin,... — nprbooks: vikingpenguinbooks: Ruth Franklin, Shirley Jackson scholar and biographer extraordinaire, wrote a wonderful essay for The New York Times Book Review on Penguin Books' recent reissues of Shirley Jackson's slyly hilarious memoirs, LIFE AMONG THE SAVAGES and RAISING DEMONS.

On Shirley Jackson’s books about motherhood — "Ten years after "Savages," Betty Friedan accused Jackson of betraying her readers by contributing to the pernicious myth of the "happy housewife" purveyed by women's magazines of the era. But Jackson's family chronicles have a genuinely subversive aspect that Friedan overlooks.

Shirley Jackson’s ‘Life Among the Savages’ and ‘Raising Demons’ Reissued — When "Life Among the Savages," a collection of warm and funny magazine pieces chronicling the ups and downs of Shirley Jackson's household, was first published in 1953, Jackson was already a well-known writer - of a rather different kind.

The letters were in the barn … I repeat, THE...

Are there letters by Shirley Jackson in the back... — Are there letters by Shirley Jackson in the back of this barn? With any luck, tomorrow I’ll have the answer. (at St. Thomas, PA)

Updates from the Shirley Jackson files

The loners in her books appealed to me, the... — The loners in her books appealed to me, the fragile and friendless women in worlds built to appear ordinary that always revealed a more sinister nature.-- Amelia Gray on Shirley Jackson, her "literary idol," in the LA Times.

It took ages, but I finally got my hands on this... — It took ages, but I finally got my hands on this film - based on Shirley Jackson's 1954 novel The Bird's Nest, about multiple-personality disorder. Cannot wait to watch this!

Dissolution by Details

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May 22, 2015

A new edition of my "Updates from the Shirley Jackson files" will go out this afternoon! Sign up here:

May 21, 2015

@HeerJeet what if I never want to hear another word about them again?

May 21, 2015

RT @Miss_Mingle: Q: "How many critics does it take to screw in a light bulb?" A: "That's the worst question I've ever heard in my life!"

May 21, 2015

RT @MarjorieIngall: Over 92% of bin Laden's English-language books were by men. Prove you're not a terrorist: Buy books by women.…

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