Book critic for Harper's, New Yorker, etc. SHIRLEY JACKSON: A RATHER HAUNTED LIFE out now. See also: @josephbraude

More Big Literary Biographies of Women, Please — Whither the big, splashy literary biography? Let's check the National Book Awards, which has tossed the category around-since 1984 it has lumped biography in with nonfiction, and no literary biography has won the prize.

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life — "You once wrote me a letter . . . telling me that I would never be lonely again. I think that was the first, the most dreadful lie you ever told me." This wrenching lines appear twice in Ruth Franklin's magisterial biography Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life and are, by some measures, the beating heart of the book.

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Shirley Jackson’s Haunted Women — A biography by Ruth Franklin captures Shirley Jackson's punishing upbringing and marriage, which perhaps informed the destruction of heroines in her work. For us to continue writing great stories, we need to display ads. Please select the extension that is blocking ads.

Shirley Jackson’s Tarot cards. She favored the... — Shirley Jackson's Tarot cards. She favored the Tarot of Marseilles, pictured here. For more:

Hello! I adore your books- American Gods,... — Hello! I adore your books- American Gods, Neverwhere, Ocean at the End of the Lane, and (especially) Stardust are my favourites! However, I'm only reading female authors until autumn. Do you have any recommendations for female-written Sci-Fi/fantasy?

Shirley Jackson’s (china) cat, at the North... — Shirley Jackson's (china) cat, at the North Bennington library. Read more in my newsletter:

SHIRLEY JACKSON by Ruth Franklin | Kirkus Reviews — An engaging, sympathetic portrait of the writer who found the witchery in huswifery. Critic Franklin ( A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction, 2010) ably captures both the life and art of Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) in this sharp biography.

The True Lies of Totalitarian North Korea — When the videos of North Koreans weeping hysterically in the streets of Pyongyang circulated on YouTube last month in the wake of Kim Jong-il's death, few Western onlookers knew what to make of them.

'Liquidation': The Inhuman Condition — LIQUIDATION By Imre Kertesz. Translated by Tim Wilkinson. 130 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $22. THE scene: Budapest, a New Year's Eve party, sometime in the 1980's. Kingbitter, an editor at a prominent publishing house, watches a game of "Lager poker." The rules: "The players sit around the table and each person says where they have been.
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Sep 30, 2016

RT @wm_brennan: .@ruth_franklin "makes a thoughtful and persuasive case for Jackson as a serious and accomplished literary artist."

Sep 30, 2016

RT @LibraryAmerica: We're happy to be namechecked in laudatory @nytimesbooks review of @ruth_franklin's Shirley Jackon bio:

Sep 29, 2016

Love these lines from Jessica Ferri's piece on SJ & money in @TheBillfold.

Sep 29, 2016

RT @WomenintheWorld: Shirley Jackson’s horror stories acutely depict the suffering of ordinary women:

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