Sometimes You Find Letters In An Old Barn: Ruth Franklin on Her Biography of Shirley Jackson

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Ruth Franklin spent six years putting together her new biography of Shirley Jackson, A Rather Haunted Life. In our conversation she talks about whether or not the reputation of the author of The Lottery and The Haunting of Hill House needs to be reclaimed, and how sometimes researching someone else's life means looking for boxes of treasure in old barns (but mostly it involves long hours at a computer.)

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Brooklyn, New York May 6, 2014 Ruth Franklin, in Prospect Park and Greenwood Cemetery. Photograph by Alan Chin
Brooklyn, New York
May 6, 2014
Ruth Franklin, in Prospect Park and Greenwood Cemetery.
Photograph by Alan Chin

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Here's a trailer for Robert Wise's The Haunting, based on Jackson's most famous book, The Haunting of Hill House.

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