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

Let Me Tell You New Stories Essays and Other Writings NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR From the renowned author of The Lottery and The Haunting of Hill House a spectacular new volume of previously unpublished and uncollected stories essay

  • Title: Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings
  • Author: Shirley Jackson Laurence Hyman Sarah Hyman DeWitt Ruth Franklin
  • ISBN: 9780812987324
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Paperback
  • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR From the renowned author of The Lottery and The Haunting of Hill House, a spectacular new volume of previously unpublished and uncollected stories, essays, and other writings.Features Family Treasures, nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Short Story Shirley Jackson is one of the most important American writers of theNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR From the renowned author of The Lottery and The Haunting of Hill House, a spectacular new volume of previously unpublished and uncollected stories, essays, and other writings.Features Family Treasures, nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Short Story Shirley Jackson is one of the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 exalted As we approach the centenary of her birth comes this astonishing compilation of fifty six pieces 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.Praise for Let Me Tell You Stunning O The Oprah Magazine Let us now at last celebrate dangerous women writers how cheering to see justice done with this collection of Shirley Jackson s heretofore unpublished works uniquely unsettling stories and ruthlessly barbed essays on domestic life Vanity Fair Feels like an uncanny dollhouse Everything perfectly rendered, but something deliciously not quite right NPR There are times in reading Jackson s accounts of desperate women in their thirties slowly going crazy that she seems an American Jean Rhys, other times when she rivals even Flannery O Connor in her cool depictions of inhumanity and insidious cruelty, and still others when she matches Philip K Dick at his most hallucinatory At her best, though, she s just incomparable The Washington Post Offers insights into the vagaries of Jackson s mind, which was ruminant and generous, accommodating such diverse figures as Dr Seuss and Samuel Richardson The New York Times Book Review The best pieces clutch your throat, gently at first, and then with growing strength The whole collection has a timelessness The Boston Globe Jackson s writing, both fiction and nonfiction, has such enduring power she brings out the darkness in life, the poltergeists shut into everyone s basement, and offers them up, bringing wit and even joy to the examination USA Today The closest we can get to sitting down and having a conversation with one of the most original voices of her generation The Huffington PostFrom the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Shirley Jackson Laurence Hyman Sarah Hyman DeWitt Ruth Franklin

      Shirley Jackson was an influential American author A popular writer in her time, her work has received increasing attention from literary critics in recent years She has influenced such writers as Stephen King, Nigel Kneale, and Richard Matheson.She is best known for her dystopian short story, The Lottery 1948 , which suggests there is a deeply unsettling underside to bucolic, smalltown America In her critical biography of Shirley Jackson, Lenemaja Friedman notes that when Shirley Jackson s story The Lottery was published in the June 28, 1948, issue of The New Yorker, it received a response that no New Yorker story had ever received Hundreds of letters poured in that were characterized by, as Jackson put it, bewilderment, speculation and old fashioned abuse Jackson s husband, the literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman, wrote in his preface to a posthumous anthology of her work that she consistently refused to be interviewed, to explain or promote her work in any fashion, or to take public stands and be the pundit of the Sunday supplements She believed that her books would speak for her clearly enough over the years Hyman insisted the darker aspects of Jackson s works were not, as some critics claimed, the product of personal, even neurotic, fantasies , but that Jackson intended, as a sensitive and faithful anatomy of our times, fitting symbols for our distressing world of the concentration camp and the Bomb , to mirror humanity s Cold War era fears Jackson may even have taken pleasure in the subversive impact of her work, as revealed by Hyman s statement that she was always proud that the Union of South Africa banned The Lottery , and she felt that they at least understood the story.In 1965, Jackson died of heart failure in her sleep, at her home in North Bennington Vermont, at the age of 48.

    394 thoughts on “Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings”

    1. Jan. 9, 2017I couldn’t have articulated it at the time, but reading Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” in eleventh grade ignited in me the realization that fiction can express what everybody really is but is valiantly pretending not to be. I’ve never been the same.Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings is filled with pieces that expose us. They are of their time and a certain culture—the domestic lives of educated and/or well-heeled people in the 1950s and early ’60s [...]


    2. Fiction:Paranoia -On his way home to give his wife a birthday gift, a man develops the disturbing suspicion that he's being followed Remember what they say about paranoia: sometimes they are actually out to get you.Still Life With Teapot and Students -A faculty wife confronts two of her husband's students, revealing a disturbing dynamic.The Arabian Nights - When Clark Gable arrives at the nightclub where a girl is celebrating her twelfth birthday with her family, the invisible flaws in her paren [...]


    3. What a fantastic collection of previously unpublished and uncollected stories from Shirley Jackson! In 2011, Jackson's son Laurence and daughter Sarah visited their Mom's collection at the Library of Congress and spent months assembling and editing the stories included in this book. Many were stories that they remember their Mom writing and discussing with their father when they were still kids. Sadly, Jackson passed away at age 48 in 1965, cutting short what would most likely have been continue [...]


    4. Easily 5 Stars!! More to come shortly, but for now.I love this book so much that I pre-ordered a finished copy pretty much as soon as I received the ARC from Tue First Reads Program. I've been sick and mostly offline for awhile. Will be reviews asap, but I will say that I recommend this book highly! It's Shirley Jackson!, It's "Twilight Zone" meets "Hitchcock" and awesome!! Seriously, this is a treasure. I am so blessed and thankful to have had the chance to read it! That cannot be expressed en [...]


    5. Some of these stories are very Twilight Zone-esque, in such a good way. The subtext between the words is as important as the characters and the dialogue. Some things I wished she had made into actual novels, not short stories, because they were so intriguing (like 6 A.M. Is The Hour). I keep reminding myself that she died in 1965, her stories are timeless but also timely, it's a delightful paradox.I really liked this collection - not everything was amazing, but most of it was so engaging, and I [...]


    6. There is a degree of excitement that occurs when an author you respect and admire puts out a new collection of stories, or a new novel. It is downright magical when an author you respect and admire and who is also dead puts out a new collection of stories.That's what happened here. Magic.A couple of Jackson's children discovered a wealth of previously unpublished short stories and essays, along with a few of Jackson's cute doodles, and they helped bring them to the light of day by publishing thi [...]


    7. 5 stars for content; Shirley Jackson is brilliant beyond belief. Reading straight through, I did at times find the shift in content style (fiction to non-fiction back to fiction) a little jarring. But still amazing.


    8. OMG hyperventilating as you do when a new book is "found" or "collected" by a long-dead favorite author. AUGUST 4!


    9. I'm ashamed. The last and only time I read Shirley Jackson was in high school. "The Lottery" was prominently featured in one of our textbooks (the concept of English/"Language Arts" textbooks blows me away. It's weird, right?). I remember liking the story, finding it dark and subversive in all the ways I normally fawn over, but something just seemed off. It didn't fit in with the rest of the lesson. It didn't resonate with me the way it probably should have. No one offered any context, any backg [...]


    10. It was really nice to read more from Shirley Jackson after all these years. The bonus inclusion of her little cartoon drawings scattered throughout and one of her watercolors featured in the endpapers just makes me love her all the more. My longer review of this book is now live on Rain Taxi:raintaxi/let-me-tell-you/



    11. Receiving a new collection of unpublished material from Shirley Jackson, fifty years after her death, is the kind of blessing that avid readers of the incisive author might approach with trepidation. After all, can any of it be any good? Luckily, the answer is yes. Much of it is quite good. A few gems in here are so good it's difficult to think of them buried among the unsorted piles of her papers in the Library of Congress. When the short story "The Man in the Woods" appeared in The New Yorker [...]


    12. I remember being first horrified by, then admiring the way Shirley Jackson shocked me with her story "The Lottery" when I was in junior high school. I haven't read many of her other writings, so I was looking forward to reading through this collection.Admittedly, there are some stories here that made me scratch my head and wonder what just happened. But sometimes not knowing what hit you can be a fun challenge because different things are rolling around in your mind as you're trying to figure it [...]


    13. LET ME TELL YOULaurence Jackson Hyman and Sarah Hyman DewittAn easy Five star!!The genius needn’t step off the pedestal it just became higher! Shirley Jackson has long been someone I have virtually worshiped and really didn’t want to know too much about in case I was disappointed. But, quite to the contrary, because this book so lovingly researched and compiled by two of her children pays homage to their mother and allowed me to find even more about her to treasure.This is a superb edition o [...]


    14. As a long time fan of the late Shirley Jackson since reading her short story "The Lottery" in high school, I was thrilled to see that two of her four children had collected a batch of her unpublished short stories and essays and made a new book for us to read. I liked the short stories more than the essays as the essays tended to be more about her doing laundry, dealing with teen girls, how her dishes are jealous of her pots and pans and other boring items. The short stories more than make up fo [...]


    15. Justifies its existence mostly with 'The Lie' (a haunting and charming story about an escaped small-towner returning home on a mission) and 'Family Treasures' (a dark little piece that reads like the good bits of Hangsaman) and with its various essays and lectures on writing and marriage and motherhood.But it gets an extra star because it's just so wonderful to read new Shirley Jackson stories again.


    16. I always forget what an effortless, understated, funny writer Shirley Jackson was. There are many good short stories here, but I think I liked her essays and imaginative nonfiction pieces even more -- I'm definitely going to seek out more of that. I'm also really looking forward to the upcoming biography!



    17. I greatly enjoyed this and am even thinking about buying a copy to reread in the future--something I rarely say these days.I've been a Shirley Jackson fan since about eighth grade, though I haven't read her whole bibliography. Usually I would expected a bunch of unpublished or unanthologized works by a long-gone author to be pretty lackluster, and mostly an attempt at cashing in by a publisher. But this book is full of fascinating stories, many of them as good as anything else by Jackson, and ev [...]


    18. Suffers somewhat from the unevenness typical of posthumous collections, but not nearly as much as it might have, especially as this follows another such collection of over 50 pieces. The fictional pieces also have the added burden of living up to the best work of one of the greatest short fiction writers of all time, as well as of having to work even harder to have their fullest possible effect, given Jackson's well-established predilection for abrupt endings that redefine all that came before, [...]


    19. Let Me Tell You seems to be more for Shirley Jackson fans than any other reader. It's more for those readers who already know they love her work and therefore want to read anything and everything she's ever written. Am I a Shirley Jackson fan? I don't think so. Not yet anyway. Mainly because the only novel of hers I've read is The Haunting of Hill House (which I love and is one of my favorite novels ever and definitely my favorite horror novel) and The Lottery (which I also loved). I think inste [...]


    20. Shirley Jackson has a genius for finding the truth and sadness in everyday moments most people would instantly forget, or not notice in the first place. In one of her stories, for example, a baby who's been happily examining a picture of her father is horrified when the man himself walks through the door. The short stories in this collection are strong; the personal essays are kind of horrifying, because they characterize their author as a harried housewife, and you hate to think of Jackson that [...]


    21. I know, I know, another abandoned one. I have always loved Shirley Jackson so I was delighted to see these mostly never published short stories. Now I know why she didn't publish them. To me they felt like she was practicing/honing her craft, but not really creating a complete story. I probably would have kept reading hoping to find some gems but my check out time was up and I had other things to read.


    22. Get ready, everyone—the Shirley Jackson revival is about to begin! I enjoyed seeing her familiar preoccupations running throughout this collection: everyday magic, loneliness, domestic trials, and the fact that some houses are born bad. Mrs. Spencer and the Oberons was my favorite piece in the book, and Paranoia was a close second. This is a great introduction to her wide range, from chilling menace to dry wit.



    23. A delightful, extremely readable collection of Jackson's work, mostly compiled by two of her children (with a very insightful and sweet chapter at the end about their experiences of their mother's writing career).Jackson's short stories are divided into early, and later, and the division makes for quite surprisingly vivid evidence of progression. Her stories are more varied than I'd imagined, the early ones peppered with names and spins on small-town characters, the later ones framed around, or [...]


    24. I give Jackson's children major credit for putting this lovely collection together. I am astounded by how prolific she was in her short life. Many of the pieces are delightful and laugh-out-loud funny. Being a writer and a Shirley Jackson fan, I enjoyed the experience of reading her thoughts and getting a view into her process. However, sometimes writers leave things unpublished because they want them to remain that way. Or--as I think is true in Jackson's case--they need time to work through so [...]


    25. Anyone who had to read "The Lottery" in high school, knows that Jackson can write an excellent short story. Of course, her masterpiece is "The Haunting of Hill House," which set the gold standard for ghost stories. This collection brings together many of her writings that most readers will not know, and it is a cornucopia of delight. Jackson knows how to write.


    26. Loved this! I really liked the way this particular collection balanced short stories with early works, essays, and also included her lighter writing about family.



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