Life Among the Savages

Author: Shirley Jackson

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241387817

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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A darkly funny account of family life from the author of The Haunting of Hill House and The Lottery 'Sometimes, in my capacity as a mother, I find myself sitting open-mouthed and terrified before my own children' As well as being a master of the macabre, Shirley Jackson was also a pitch-perfect chronicler of everyday family life. In Life Among the Savages, her caustically funny account of raising her children in a ramshackle house in Vermont, she deals with rats in the cellar, misbehaving imaginary friends, an oblivious husband and ever-encroaching domestic chaos, all described with wit, warmth and plenty of bite. 'Jackson's family chronicles have a genuinely subversive aspect ... Read today, her pieces feel surprisingly modern - mainly because she refuses to sentimentalize or idealize motherhood' The New York Times Book Review 'Comic masterpieces, laced with hints of the discontent that lies beneath' Guardian

Shirley Jackson

Author: Bernice M. Murphy

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786423129

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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"This collection of essays widens the scope of Jackson scholarship with new writing on works such as The road through the wall and We have always lived in the castle and topics from Jackson's domestic fiction to ethics, cosmology, and eschatology. The book makes available some of the significant Jackson scholarship published in the last two decades"--Provided by publisher.

The Magic of Shirley Jackson

Author: Shirley Jackson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 146680050X

Category: Fiction

Page: 753

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This collection is a generous selection of Shirley Jackson's work, consisting of three complete books: The Bird's Nest, Life Among the Savages, Raising Demons, and eleven short stories--including the world-famous "The Lottery."

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

Author: Ruth Franklin

Publisher: Liveright Publishing

ISBN: 1631492128

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 624

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Winner • National Book Critics Circle Award (Biography) Winner • Edgar Award (Critical/Biographical) Winner • Bram Stoker Award (Nonfiction) A New York Times Notable Book A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Pick of the Year Named one of the Best Books of the Year by Entertainment Weekly, NPR, TIME, Boston Globe, NYLON, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist In this “thoughtful and persuasive” biography, award-winning biographer Ruth Franklin establishes Shirley Jackson as a “serious and accomplished literary artist” (Charles McGrath, New York Times Book Review). Instantly heralded for its “masterful” and “thrilling” portrayal (Boston Globe), Shirley Jackson reveals the tumultuous life and inner darkness of the literary genius behind such classics as “The Lottery” and The Haunting of Hill House. In this “remarkable act of reclamation” (Neil Gaiman), Ruth Franklin envisions Jackson as “belonging to the great tradition of Hawthorne, Poe and James” (New York Times Book Review) and demonstrates how her unique contribution to the canon “so uncannily channeled women’s nightmares and contradictions that it is ‘nothing less than the secret history of American women of her era’ ” (Washington Post). Franklin investigates the “interplay between the life, the work, and the times with real skill and insight, making this fine book a real contribution not only to biography, but to mid-20th-century women’s history” (Chicago Tribune). “Wisely rescu[ing] Shirley Jackson from any semblance of obscurity” (Lena Dunham), Franklin’s invigorating portrait stands as the definitive biography of a generational avatar and an American literary genius.

Life Among the Apaches

Author: John C. Cremony

Publisher: Digital Scanning Inc

ISBN: 1582183864

Category: History

Page: 332

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Originally published over 100 years ago, LIFE AMONG THE APACHES is John Cremony's absorbing eyewitness description of pre-reservation Apache life and culture. Through his years in the military Cremony fought in the war with Mexico and participated in many Indian campaigns in the southwest deserts. In 1848 he served as Spanish interpreter for the U. S. Mexico Boundary Commission where he learned to speak Apache and subsequently wrote a glossary and grammar of the language. Although he wrote this book with the intent to encourage more effective military suppression of the intimidating Apaches, this historical document has all of the fast-paced action and excitement of a Wild West novel.

Redressing the balance

Author: Zita Dresner

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781617034688

Category: American wit and humor

Page: 454

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Gathers humorous stories, poetry, and essays by American writers from Anne Bradstreet to Erma Bombeck and Erica Jong.