Just an Ordinary Day: Stories

Just an Ordinary Day: Stories

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by Shirley Jackson
     
 

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The stories in this edition represent the great diversity of her work, from humor to her shocking explorations of the human psyche. The tales range, chronologically, from the writings of her college days and residence in Greenwich Village in the early 1940s, to the unforgettably chilling stories from the period just before her death. They provide an exciting overview

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The stories in this edition represent the great diversity of her work, from humor to her shocking explorations of the human psyche. The tales range, chronologically, from the writings of her college days and residence in Greenwich Village in the early 1940s, to the unforgettably chilling stories from the period just before her death. They provide an exciting overview of the evolution of her craft through a progression of forms and styles, and add significantly to the body of her published work.


Just an Ordinary Day is a testament to how large a talent Shirley Jackson had and to the depth, breadth, and complexity of her writing. Though this remarkable literary life was cut short, Jackson clearly established a unique voice that has won a permanent place in the canon of outstanding American literature, and remains a powerful influence on generations of readers and writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307573599
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/21/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,159,506
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco on December 14, 1916. She first received wide critical acclaim for “The Lottery,” which was published in The New Yorker in 1948 and went on to become one of the most anthologized stories in American literature. She is the author of six novels, including The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle; four collections of short stories and essays, including Let Me Tell You; and two family memoirs, Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons. For many years she lived in North Bennington, Vermont, with her husband, the renowned literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman, and their four children. She died on August 8, 1965.
 
Laurence Jackson Hyman, the eldest child of Shirley Jackson and Stanley Edgar Hyman, is the author, editor, or co-editor of dozens of books and monographs.
 
Sarah Hyman DeWitt is the third child of Shirley Jackson and Stanley Edgar Hyman. She is a performer, folksinger, and artist.


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Just an Ordinary Day: The Uncollected Stories of Shirley Jackson 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think i like her family stories the best
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The stores contained in this volume are simply superb. They keep you on the edge of your toes. Shirley Jackson has such a gift of writing magical stories that you will simply fall in love with her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mother gave me this book when I was seventeen to rid me of my Stephen King phase. I am afraid that I did not read it until I was twenty-one. It was most certainly my loss. Out of time context makes little difference, nor does the gore content. Shirley Jackson wrote with such subtle influence that the 'supernatural' elusions are just that; alluded to. My personal favorite of the book was One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts. I am now a complete fan of her works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Shirley Jackson, or are just discovering her craft, you will not be disappointed with this book. The stories in here are short and easy to read. They are fun, scary, funny, and entertaining. A great book to read at the beach, or if you dare...right before bed.