Known to millions mainly as the author of the "The Lottery", Shirley Jackson has been curiously absent from the mainstream American literary canon. A genius of literary suspense and psychological horror, Jackson plumbed the cultural anxiety of postwar America more deeply than anyone. Ruth Franklin reveals the tumultuous life and inner darkness of the author of The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle.
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Jane Austen’s face — demure, bonneted, with a few stray curls over her forehead — peers out pensively from the new British 10-pound note, debuting this fall to mark the bicentenary of her death. The bill superimposes her image over a stately mansion surrounded by vast gardens, with a horse and carriage in the foreground. The quotation below comes from “Pride and Prejudice”: “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”
"Was Jane Austen a 'Secret Radical'?" is from the May 01, 2017 Enertainment section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ruth Franklin and narrated by Sam Scholl.
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In this issue: "Eurotrump" by Amy Davidson; "Trump's Money Man" by Jane Mayer; "The Listener" by Michael Schulman; "Life as Fiction" by Ruth Franklin; and "Pretty and Gritty" by Anthony Lane.
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