Just an Ordinary Day: The Uncollected Stories of Shirley Jackson

Just an Ordinary Day: The Uncollected Stories of Shirley Jackson


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Just an Ordinary Day: The Uncollected Stories of Shirley Jackson by Shirley Jackson

Acclaimed in her own time for her short story “The Lottery” and her novel The Haunting of Hill House—classics ranking with the work of Edgar Allan Poe—Shirley Jackson blazed a path for contemporary writers with her explorations of evil, madness, and cruelty. Soon after her untimely death in 1965, Jackson’s children discovered a treasure trove of previously unpublished and uncollected stories, many of which are brought together in this remarkable collection. Here are tales of torment, psychological aberration, and the macabre, as well as those that display her lighter touch with humorous scenes of domestic life. Reflecting the range and complexity of Jackson’s talent, Just an Ordinary Day reaffirms her enduring influence and celebrates her singular voice, rich with magic and resonance.
Praise for Just an Ordinary Day
“Jackson at her best: plumbing the extraordinary from the depths of mid-twentieth-century common. [Just an Ordinary Day] is a gift to a new generation.”San Francisco Chronicle
Praise for Shirley Jackson
“[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 [Jackson] you have missed out on something marvelous.”—Neil Gaiman
“Shirley Jackson is unparalleled as a leader in the field of beautifully written, quiet, cumulative shudders.”—Dorothy Parker
“An author who not only writes beautifully but who knows what there is, in this world, to be scared of.”—Francine Prose
“The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable.”—A. M. Homes
“Jackson enjoyed notoriety and commercial success within her lifetime, and yet it still hardly seems like enough for a writer so singular. When I meet readers and other writers of my generation, I find that mentioning her is like uttering a holy name.”—Victor LaValle

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553378337
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1997
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 395,276
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.88(d)

About 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.