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Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings

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Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings by Shirley Jackson

From the renowned author of "The Lottery" and The Haunting of Hill House, a spectacular new volume of previously unpublished and uncollected stories, essays, and other writings.

Shirley Jackson is one of the most important American writers of the last hundred years. Since her death in 1965, her place in the landscape of twentieth-century fiction has grown only more exalted.

As we approach the centenary of her birth comes this astonishing compilation of fifty-six pieces—more than forty of which have never been published before. Two of Jackson's children co-edited this volume, culling through the vast archives of their mother's papers at the Library of Congress, selecting only the very best for inclusion.

Let Me Tell You brings together the deliciously eerie short stories Jackson is best known for, along with frank, inspiring lectures on writing; comic essays about her large, boisterous family; and whimsical drawings. Jackson's landscape here is most frequently domestic: dinner parties and bridge, household budgets and homeward-bound commutes, children's games and neighborly gossip. But this familiar setting is also her most subversive: She wields humor, terror, and the uncanny to explore the real challenges of marriage, parenting, and community—the pressure of social norms, the veins of distrust in love, the constant lack of time and space.

For the first time, this collection showcases Shirley Jackson's radically different modes of writing side by side. Together they show her to be a magnificent storyteller, a sharp, sly humorist, and a powerful feminist.

This volume includes a Foreword by the celebrated literary critic and Jackson biographer Ruth Franklin.

Advance praise for Let Me Tell You

"A master of uncanny suspense, Jackson wrote sentences that crept up on the reader, knife in hand. Throughout these previously unpublished pieces, whether short stories about Main Street murders or Jackson's description of her own eerie writing process (sleepwalking and ghosts helped), the author's mordant wit and nuanced prose are often shiver-inducing."New York

"With the to-the-second pacing of a Twilight Zone episode, . . . [Jackson's] stories never fail to deliver. . . . It doesn't get much better than this."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Some things never change: Jackson's wry observations about keeping house in the 1950s (collected here along with essays and stories) are as spot-on today as they were when she wrote them."Good Housekeeping

"Jackson, an inspiration to writers from Stephen King to Joyce Carol Oates, dared to look on the dark side and imagine the unimaginable, as demonstrated in this volume of her uncollected and unpublished work."Publishers Weekly

"Remember the chilling excitement of reading Jackson's 'The Lottery' for the first time? You'll have that same experience over and over again with this new collection."Library Journal

Praise for Shirley Jackson

"[Shirley Jackson's] work exerts an enduring spell."—Joyce Carol Oates

"Shirley Jackson's stories are among the most terrifying ever written."—Donna Tartt

"An amazing writer . . . If you haven't read [her] you have missed out on something marvelous."—Neil Gaiman

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Pages: 448
Size: 2.1 MB
Publisher: Random House
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9780812997675 (DRM-EPUB)

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