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Friedman, Lenemaja. Shirley Jackson. Boston: Twayne, 1975. Contains biographical information; discusses Jackson’s first novel, psychological novels, novel settings, her memoirs, and themes within her short fiction. Also contains a useful selected bibliography with annotations.

Hall, Joan Wylie. Shirley Jackson: A Study of Short Fiction. New York: Twayne, 1993. Part I discusses short fiction. Part II offers biographical information (one essay by Hyman, "Notes on Shirley Jackson" and an essay she wrote "Biographical Material") and several essays by Jackson on writing fiction ("Notes on an Unfashionable Novelist," "The Unloved Reader," "Experience and Fiction," "Biography of a Story," "Notes for a Young Writer,").  Part III contains several critical approaches to Jackson’s work. Hall has a very extensive bibliography of all works by and about Jackson.

Oppenheimer, Judy. Private Demons: The Life of Shirley Jackson. New York: G.P. Putnam, 1988. One of the most extensive biographies written about Shirley Jackson.



Bagchee, Shyamal. "Design of Darkness in Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery.’" Notes on Contemporary Literature. 1979 v9 n4.

Barr, Donald.  "A Talent for Irony."  New York Times Book Review, April 17, 1949. 

Bleiler, Everett.  Supernatural Fiction Writers, Vol. 2. New York:Scribner, c1985. 

Bloom, Clive.  Gothic Horror.   New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998. 

Bogart, Edna.  "Censorship and 'The Lottery.'" English Journal.  Jan 1985 v74 p45. 

Bretnor, Reginald.  Modern Science Fiction. Chicago:Advent Publishers. 1979.

Brooks, Cleanth, and Robert Penn Warren, eds.  "’The Lottery’: Interpretation." In Understanding Fiction.   Englewood Cliffs:Prentic-Hall. 1959.

Caminero-Santangelo, Marta. "Multiple personality and the Postmodern Subject: Theorizing Agency" (Twentieth Century Women Writers Issue). LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory. Jan 1996 v7 n1.

Carpenter, Lynette. "Domestic Comedy, Black Comedy, and Real Life: Shirley Jackson, a Woman Writer." In Faith of a (Woman) Writer, ed. by Alice Kessler-Harris and William McBrien. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1988.

---. "The Establishment and Preservation of Female Power in Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle." Frontiers. 1984 v8 n1.

Cervo, Nathan.  "Jackson's 'The Lottery.'" The Explicator.  Spring 1992 v50 n3 p183. 

Charters, Anne, ed.  "Biography of a Story." In The Story and Its Writer. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1983.

Church, Joseph. "Getting Taken in ‘The Lottery.’" Notes on Contemporary Literature. 1984 v18 n4.

Coulthard, A.R.  "Jackson's 'The Lottery.'" The Explicator.  Spring 1990 v48 n3 p226. 

D'Erasmo, Stacey.  "Just An Ordinary Day." The Nation.  23 Dec 1996 v263 p226. 

Eagan, James. "Sanctuary: Shirley Jackson’s Domestic and Fantastic Parables." Studies in Weird Fiction. 1989 v6.

Eisenger, Chester.  Fiction of the Forties.    Chicago:University of Chicago Press, 1963. 

Gates, David. "Hard Lives, Lasting Prose; First Biographies Trace the Ups and Downs of Postwar Literature’s Lost Ladies" (Jean Stafford, Shirley Jackson). Newsweek. 22 Aug 1988 v112 n8 p66.

Gibson, James M. "An Old Testament Analogue for ‘The Lottery.’" Journal of Modern Literature. Mar 1984 v11.

Griffin, Amy A.  "Jackson's 'The Lottery." The Explicator.  Fall 1999 v58 i1 p44. 

Hall, John Wylie.  "Fallen Eden in Shirley Jackson's 'The Road Through the Wall.'" Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature.  Summer 1994 v46 n4 p261.

Hicks, Graville.  "The Nightmare in Reality." Saturday Review.  Sept 1966 vXLIX n38 p31.

Janeway, Elizabeth.  "The Grotesque Around Us."   New York Times Book Review. 9 Oct, 1966.  

Jefferson, Margo. "Shirley Jackson, Novelist or Witch?" Vogue. July 1988 v178 n7 p70.

Kosenko, Peter.  "A Marxist/Feminist Reading of   Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery.'" The New Orleans Review.   Spring 1985 p225 (available online).

Lainhoff, Seymour.  "Jackson's 'The Lottery.'" The Explicator.  Mar 1954 vXII n5 p34. 

Lootens, Tricia. "’Whose Hand Was I Holding?’: Familial and Sexual Politics in Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House." In Haunting the House of Fiction: Feminist Perspectives on Ghost Stories, ed. by Lynette Carpenter and Wendy K. Kolmar. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1991.

Lyons, John O.  The College Novel in America.   Southern Illinois University Press, 1962. 

Moore, Robert.  "Jackson's 'The Witch':  a Satanic Gem."  English Journal. 1971 v60 p1204. 

Nebeker, Helen.   "'The Lottery'": Symbolic Tour de Force," American Literature. 1974 p107.

Oates, Joyce Carol.  "Just An Ordinary Day." New York Times Book Review.  29 Dec, 1996 v146 p10.

Oehlshlaeger, Fritz.  "The Stoning of Mistress Hutchinson: Meaning and Contest in 'The Lottery.'"  Essays in Literature. Fall 1988 n2 p259.*

Parks, John G.  "Chambers of Yearning: Shirley Jackson's Use of the Gothic." Twentieth Century Literature.  Spring 1984, v30 n1 p15. 

--- "Waiting for the End: Shirley Jackson's The Sundial." Critique.  1978 vXIX n3 p74. 

---  "'The Possibility of Evil': a Key to Shirley Jackson's Fiction."  Studies in Short Fiction.  Summer 1978 v15 n3 p320.

Pascal, Richard.  "Father Than Samarkind: The Escape Theme in Shirley Jackson's 'The Tooth.'"  Studies in Short Fiction.   Spring 1982 v19 n2 p133.

Rubenstein, Roberta. "House Mothers and Haunted Daughters: Shirley Jackson and Female Gothic." Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. Fall 1996 v 15 n2.

Welch, Dennis.  "Manipulation in Shirley Jackson's 'Seven Types of Ambiguity.'" Studies in Short Fiction.  1981 v18 p27.   

Whittier, Gayle.  "'The Lottery' as Misogynist Parable." Women's Studies. Jan 1991 v18 n4 p353.

Williams, Richard H. "A Critique of the Sampling Plan Used in Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery.’" Journal of Modern Literarture. Sept 1979 v7.

Willingham-Sirmans, Karen and Mary Lowe-Evans.  "Jackson's 'The Tooth.'"  The Explicator. Wntr 1997 v55 n2 p96.

Wolff, Geoffrey.  "Shirley Jackson's Magic Style."   The New Leader.  9 Sept 1968 vLI n17 p18. 

Wylie Hall, Joan. "Fallen Eden in Shirley Jackson’s The Road Through the Wall." Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature. Summer 1994 v46 n4.

Yarmove, Jay A.  "Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery.'" The Explicator.  Summer 1994 v52 n4 p242. 



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