|Pages/Publication Date:||624 / 2016|
With this biography—winner of the Bram Stoker and Edgar Awards, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award—critic Ruth Franklin shows us how Shirley Jackson struggled all through her life to be a writer, and why she is so unjustly overlooked. "If ever there was a great writer of the 20th century who fell victim to 'How to Dismiss Women's Fiction,' it was Shirley Jackson," notes Neil Gaiman. "What A Rather Haunted Life gives us is a way of reading Jackson and her work that threads her into the weave of the world of words, as a writer and as a woman…. Ruth Franklin is the biographer Jackson needed: she tells the story of the author in a way that made me want to read every word Jackson ever wrote."