Shirley Jackson Lib/E: A Rather Haunted Life

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Blackstone Publishing
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6.9 X 2.0 X 6.1 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Ruth Franklin is a book critic and frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Harper's, and many other publications. A recipient of a New York Public Library Cullman Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway.


[Franklin] sees someone belonging to the great tradition of Hawthorne, Poe, and James, writers preoccupied, as she was, with inner evil in the human soul.

-- "New York Times Book Review"

Franklin is a conscientious, lucid biographer.

-- "Wall Street Journal"

Much of Jackson's writing is a weird, rich brew, and Franklin captures its savor.

-- "San Francisco Chronicle"

Franklin's sympathetic and masterful biography...repositions her as a major artist whose fiction so uncannily channeled women's nightmares and contradictions.'

-- "Washington Post"

A real contribution not only to biography but to mid-twentieth-century women's history.

-- " Chicago Tribune"

What we can learn from Jackson... In her work, the real evil isn't violence or supernatural hauntings. It's complacency. Jackson reminds us that, in real life, we don't have to wait until we've drawn the bad lot to recognize the injustices around us.

-- "Los Angeles Review of Books"

[A] masterful account.

-- "New Republic"

Narrator Bernadette Dunne has just the voice to capture the biography's tenor and subject, and she does a marvelous job creating an interesting audio experience. Dunne's voice is deep, slightly raspy, and serious enough to support the author's view that Jackson is an important literary voice that deserves to be heard. She also keeps the audiobook moving, using her range and excellent pacing to maintain our interest throughout this essential critical appraisal.

-- "AudioFile"

A precise, revelatory, and moving reclamation of an American literary master.

-- "Booklist (starred review)"

Franklin gives her subject her much-deserved due and sets the standard for future literary biographers.

-- "Library Journal (starred review)"

Franklin ably captures both the life and art of Shirley Jackson...the many selves and multiple struggles of a true American original.

-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"