We Have Always Lived in the Castle

The inhabitants of the Rochester house wield a strange power over their neighbors.

Author: Shirley Jackson

Publisher: American Reprint Company

ISBN: 9780891906230

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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The inhabitants of the Rochester house wield a strange power over their neighbors.

Shirley Jackson s American Gothic

Always. Lived. in. the. Castle. Published in 1962, three years before her death,
We Have Always Lived in the Castle is Shirley Jackson's last completed novel. At
214 small pages of large print, it is also her shortest. (Each of her novels is
shorter ...

Author: Darryl Hattenhauer

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791487423

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

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Best known for her short story "The Lottery" and her novel The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson produced a body of work that is more varied and complex than critics have realized. In fact, as Darryl Hattenhauer argues here, Jackson was one of the few writers to anticipate the transition from modernism to postmodernism, and therefore ranks among the most significant writers of her time. The first comprehensive study of all of Jackson's fiction, Shirley Jackson's American Gothic offers readers the chance not only to rediscover her work, but also to see how and why a major American writer was passed over for inclusion in the canon of American literature.

Shirley Jackson and Domesticity

Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, 41. Ibid., 44. Jane Kamensky, “
Female Speech and Other Demons: Witchcraft and Wordcraft in Early New
England,” in Spellbound: Women and Witchcraft in America, ed. Elizabeth Reis (
1998 ...

Author: Jill E. Anderson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1501356658

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Shirley Jackson and Domesticity takes on American horror writer Shirley Jackson's domestic narratives – those fictionalized in her novels and short stories as well as the ones captured in her memoirs – to explore the extraordinary and often supernatural ways domestic practices and the ecology of the home influence Jackson's storytelling. Examining various areas of homemaking – child-rearing and reproduction, housekeeping, architecture and spatiality, the housewife mythos – through the theoretical frameworks of gothic, queer, gender, supernatural, humor, and architectural studies, this collection contextualizes Jackson's archive in a Cold War framework and assesses the impact of the work of a writer seeking to question the status quo of her time and culture.

Shirley Jackson

The solution Jackson proposes in We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a self-
contained community of women, however small—one that shuts out the violence
of the surrounding patriarchal society but accepts the support of its women.

Author: Bernice M. Murphy

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786423129

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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"This collection of essays widens the scope of Jackson scholarship with new writing on works such as The road through the wall and We have always lived in the castle and topics from Jackson's domestic fiction to ethics, cosmology, and eschatology. The book makes available some of the significant Jackson scholarship published in the last two decades"--Provided by publisher.

A Case for Teaching Literature in the Secondary School

I think I«d say Shirley Jackson«s We Have Always Lived in the Castle, a book I
discussed in my undergraduate thesis. It«s about two sisters living in the house
where the rest of their family was poisoned within a community that ostracizes
them ...

Author: Janet Alsup

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317585038

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 154

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Taking a close look at the forces that affect English education in schools—at the ways literature, cognitive science, the privileging of the STEM disciplines, and current educational policies are connected—this timely book counters with a strong argument for the importance of continuing to teach literature in middle and secondary classrooms. The case is made through critical examination of the ongoing "culture wars" between the humanities and the sciences, recent research in cognitive literary studies demonstrating the power of narrative reading, and an analysis of educational trends that have marginalized literature teaching in the U.S., including standards-based and scripted curricula. The book is distinctive in presenting both a synthesis of arguments for literary study in the middle and high school and sample lesson plans from practicing teachers exemplifying how literature can positively influence adolescents’ intellectual, emotional, and social selves.

Science Fiction Fantasy Horror




Category: Fantasy fiction


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A comprehensive bibliography of books and short fiction published in the English language.

Who s afraid of

Like a Scream' — The Use of Time-Tried Motifs of Fear in Shirley jackson's We
Have Always Lived in the Castle and Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds I.
Introduction Most debates about fear acknowledge that there are two types: ...

Author: Marion Gymnich

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 3847000500

Category: Fiction

Page: 294

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Fear in its many facets appears to constitute an intriguing and compelling subject matter for writers and screenwriters alike. The contributions address fictional representations and explorations of fear in different genres and different periods of literary and cultural history. The topics include representations of political violence and political fear in English Renaissance culture and literature; dramatic representations of fear and anxiety in English Romanticism; the dramatic monologue as an expression of fears in Victorian society; cultural constructions of fear and empathy in George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda (1876) and Jonathan Nasaw’s Fear Itself (2003); facets of children’s fears in twentieth- and twenty-first-century stream-of-consciousness fiction; the representation of fear in war movies; the cultural function of horror film remakes; the expulsion of fear in Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go and fear and nostalgia in Mohsin Hamid’s post-9/11 novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

Full Circle

I. arrived at his house in good spirits, excited to resume our friendship. Tomorrow
we would watch the Macy's parade on ... She and my mother were working
through Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle after seeing the
film ...

Author: Michael Thomas Ford

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

ISBN: 0758242840

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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History professor Ned Brummel is living happily with his partner of twelve years in small-town Maine when he receives a phone call from his estranged friend--Jack--telling him that another friend--Andy--is very ill and possibly near death. As Ned boards a plane to Chicago on his way to his friend's bedside, he embarks on another journey into memory, examining the major events and small moments that have shaped his world and his relationships with these two very different, very important men. Growing up together through the restrictive 1950's and confusing '60's, Jackson "Jack" Grace and Ned Brummel took solace in their love for each other. But once they arrive at college in 1969 and meet handsome farm boy Andy Kowalski, everything changes. Despite Andy's apparent heterosexuality, both Jack and Ned fall hard for him, straining their close friendship. Soon, the three men will become involved in a series of intense liaisons and bitter betrayals, coming together and flying apart, as they alternately hurt, love, shape, and heal one another over the course of years. From the heady, drug- and sex-fueled days of San Francisco in the wild seventies to the haunting spectre of AIDS in the eighties and the righteous activism of the nineties, their relationship transforms and grows, reflecting the changes going on around them. Now, together again in the most crucial and intimate of settings, Ned, Jack, and Andy have another chance to confront the damage of the past and embrace the bonds of friendship and love that have stood the test of time. "Impactful. . .real. . .Ford's beautiful story makes it all seem possible and believable. . .these are rich characters, heartfelt descriptions and real-life happenings that resonate. . .allow yourself to get lost in this story." --The Lambda Book Report

A Companion to American Gothic

... l We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962), that the Gothic possibilities of the
fictional world she evokes are arguably ... than torment them, the Blackwood
sisters in Castle reappropriate the home's dual status as fairy-tale refuge and
Gothic ...

Author: Charles L. Crow

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118608429

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 616

View: 835

A Companion to American Gothic features a collection of original essays that explore America’s gothic literary tradition. The largest collection of essays in the field of American Gothic Contributions from a wide variety of scholars from around the world The most complete coverage of theory, major authors, popular culture and non-print media available

The Road Through the Wall

It would be a stretch to call it a feminist novel, not least because Jackson seems
to have had an allergy to the word. ... Compared to The Haunting of Hill House or
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Jackson's masterful late novels, The Road ...

Author: Shirley Jackson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101616784

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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The compelling novel that began Shirley Jackson's legendary career Pepper Street is a really nice, safe California neighborhood. The houses are tidy and the lawns are neatly mowed. Of course, the country club is close by, and lots of pleasant folks live there. The only problem is they knocked down the wall at the end of the street to make way for a road to a new housing development. Now, that’s not good—it’s just not good at all. Satirically exploring what happens when a smug suburban neighborhood is breached by awful, unavoidable truths, The Road Through the Wall is the tale that launched Shirley Jackson’s heralded career. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Gene Madness

he most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all
... “We Have Always Lived in the Castle,” she read off the spine. She had picked
the book herself when the bookcase and secret door were built. It was one of her

Author: Linda Guyan

Publisher: Devine Destinies

ISBN: 1487402287

Category: Fiction


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Tessa North is a serial killer. Secrets and lies are part of her life. She hides them well while leading a peaceful and pleasant life in the pretty Northern California town of Blackport. Until one day Tessa's life changed with the ringing of the doorbell when she received an unusual and anonymous package. Even more mysterious was the enclosure card with one printed word: Basement. Excited at the prospect of a fun mystery, presumably from her quirky best friend Theo Bloom, Tessa takes her new gifts to the basement. Suddenly the fun ends as a real mystery begins. When Tessa's phone rings, the situation becomes even more mysterious by an unusual conversation with a strange man named Joe who turns her life upside down. Soon, Tessa begins to discover clues that take her to the nearby lakeside town of Foxwood Bay-the location of the infamous Merrick Massacre and the old Merrick Insane Asylum. Tessa North is about to discover that there are more secrets and lies in her life than she knew about.

Who s Yer Daddy

My Mother's Grave Is Yellow Dale Peck first discovered ShirleyJackson's We
Have Always Lived in the Castle in my high school library. “Discovered” seems a
grand word for the experience: the library in Buhler High School was hardly a
place ...

Author: Jim Elledge

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 0299289435

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 818

Who’s Yer Daddy? offers readers of gay male literature a keen and engaging journey. In this anthology, thirty-nine gay authors discuss individuals who have influenced them—their inspirational “daddies.” The essayists include fiction writers, poets, and performance artists, both honored masters of contemporary literature and those just beginning to blaze their own trails. They find their artistic ancestry among not only literary icons—Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, André Gide, Frank O’Hara, James Baldwin, Edmund White—but also a roster of figures whose creative territories are startlingly wide and vital, from Botticelli to Bette Midler to Captain Kirk. Some writers chronicle an entire tribal council of mentors; others describe a transformative encounter with a particular individual, including teachers and friends whose guidance or example cracked open their artistic selves. Perhaps most moving are the handful of writers who answered the question literally, writing intimately of their own fathers and their literary inheritance. This rich volume presents intriguing insights into the contemporary gay literary aesthetic. Winner, LGBT Nonfiction Anthology, Lambda Literary Awards

Shirley Jackson

have any hope of survival is a place to belong, where she is welcome for herself,
not suffered as a duty. Hill House welcomes her. She is ... lead her to suicide.
She is Mary Katherine Blackwood in We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962),

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438116314

Category: Short story

Page: 83

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Presents a brief biography of Shirley Jackson, thematic and structural analysis of her works, critical views, and an index of themes and ideas.

Settlements in the Americas

1 Much later, in 1962, in her last book review for Esquire, Parker wrote of Shirley
Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle in a similarly revealing way, "this
novel brings back all my faith in terror and death. I can say no higher of it and ...

Author: Ralph Bennett

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874134117

Category: History

Page: 290

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"This collection consists of the eleven papers presented at a University of Maryland Symposium in March 1986. The central purpose of this volume and the conference it records is to exemplify the benefits of cross-cultural and cross-scholarly perspectives on settlements and urbanism, and so to encourage more such efforts." "The theme of settlement and cultural expression pervades the presentations. The most striking contrast offered within the group of essays is between the English and Spanish examples: five of the papers deal with Spanish colonial cities and towns and five with settlements originating in England; one illustrates the French colonization of Canada." "The various forms of settlement developed in the implementation of the Spanish Conquest are outlined in George Kubler's essay. Sidney Markman illustrates the large scope of second-tier settlements for the indigenous populations in Central America. The broad cultural religious meanings brought by the Spanish and grafted onto local traditions in Lima are shown by Humberto Rodriquez-Camilloni as exemplifying a new culture whose urban development was a centerpiece." "The Roman-based Spanish urban models that were brought to the New World are described by Dora Crouch. Graziano Gasparini shows that many Spanish colonial city plans were more closely related to settlements in place when the Spanish arrived than may have been previously thought." "The cultural diversity of the non-Spanish settlements can also be noted in these essays. Lois Carr, for example, traces the agricultural and economic features of the first century of English settlement of the Chesapeake. Other contributors look at Providence Island in the Caribbean, the Pennsylvania Quakers, and the Tory refugees from the American Revolution who found themselves in the Bahamas as cultural transplants from the American Colonies." "Several of the papers chronicle the economic bases of settlements as well as their physical form. Topics include the role of Indian labor in the Central American Spanish colonies, the Quaker agricultural economy, the frail agricultural base of the Tidewater, and France's North American colonies. Also included are discussions of the Spanish tradition, the Charleston city plan, and the French tradition of territorial control in Europe and its export to North America." "The settlements described by these papers are important because, to their settlers, the enterprises were as vast as could be imagined at the time - and were in many cases life-consuming. Many of the essays give poignant witness to the courage and persistence shown by New World settlers."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

New York Theatre Critics Reviews

The Cast " WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE " a play by Hugh Wheeler
based on the novel by Shirley Jackson , Staged by Garson Kanin ; setting and
lighting by David Hays ; costumes by Noel Taylor . Stage manager , Phillip Clark .




Category: Theater


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Consists of theater reviews from various newspapers, magazines, and broadcast stations.

Bloody Murder

Waugh, Auberon, 64, 65 Weber, Eugen, 44, 49 websites devoted to murder
narratives, 4–5 Webster, John, 11 Webster, John W., 198–99 ''We Have Always
Lived in the Castle'' (Jackson, 1962), 158–59 Weinstein, Beatrice, 53–54 wergild

Author: Michelle Ann Abate

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421408414

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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Given the long-standing belief that children ought to be shielded from disturbing life events, it is surprising to see how many stories for kids involve killing. Bloody Murder is the first full-length critical study of this pervasive theme of murder in children’s literature. Through rereadings of well-known works, such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, and The Outsiders, Michelle Ann Abate explores how acts of homicide connect these works with an array of previously unforeseen literary, social, political, and cultural issues. Topics range from changes in the America criminal justice system, the rise of forensic science, and shifting attitudes about crime and punishment to changing cultural conceptions about the nature of evil and the different ways that murder has been popularly presented and socially interpreted. Bloody Murder adds to the body of inquiry into America's ongoing fascination with violent crime. Abate argues that when narratives for children are considered along with other representations of homicide in the United States, they not only provide a more accurate portrait of the range, depth, and variety of crime literature, they also alter existing ideas about the meaning of violence, the emotional appeal of fear, and the cultural construction of death and dying.

Redressing the balance

... and her best seller We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962), she presents
herself in her domestic humor as inhabiting only one world, the domestic — a
world which is depicted as part prison and part haven. The frustration she
sometimes ...

Author: Zita Dresner

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781617034688

Category: American wit and humor

Page: 454

View: 365

Gathers humorous stories, poetry, and essays by American writers from Anne Bradstreet to Erma Bombeck and Erica Jong.

Once Upon a Day

“This intoxicating debut may remind [readers] of Shirley Jackson's We Have
Always Lived in the Castle and Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides, but it's not lost
in their shadows.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Tucker turns an
engaging ...

Author: Lisa Tucker

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471105466

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 321

Nineteen years before, a famous man disappeared from L.A., taking his two children to a rocky, desolate corner of New Mexico. Raising them in complete isolation, this utopian "Sanctuary" is one man's stand against the decadence of America. Dorothea, his daughter, now twenty three, is leaving this place for the first time, in search of her missing brother. A brilliant painter who fled the Sanctuary two years before, he has become lost in the dark underbelly of St. Lois and the even darker memories of a violent incident when he was a young child. Dorothea's search for her brother turns into an odyssey of discovery, leading to the shocking truth about her family's past and the terrifying events of the day that drove her father to flee California in a desperate attempt to protect his children from a dangerous world. But Dorothea's journey will also introduce her to another man who has suffered his own losses. Together they have a chance to make a discovery of a different kind: that though the heart can be broken by the tragic events of a day, a day can also bring a new chance at love and a deeper understanding of life's infinite possibilities.


Her novels—which include The Sundial, The Bird's Nest, Hangsaman, The Road
Through the Wall, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and The Haunting of Hill
House—are characterized by her use of realistic settings for tales that often ...

Author: Shirley Jackson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101616768

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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Shirley Jackson's chilling second novel, based on her own experiences and an actual mysterious disappearance Seventeen-year-old Natalie Waite longs to escape home for college. Her father is a domineering and egotistical writer who keeps a tight rein on Natalie and her long-suffering mother. When Natalie finally does get away, however, college life doesn’t bring the happiness she expected. Little by little, Natalie is no longer certain of anything—even where reality ends and her dark imaginings begin. Chilling and suspenseful, Hangsaman is loosely based on the real-life disappearance of a Bennington College sophomore in 1946. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Stephen King s The Dark Tower A Concordance Volume Two

... The Shining; Sign of the Four; The Stand; A Study in Scarlet; Tess of the D'
Urbervilles; The Troubled Air; 'Tyger'; Ulysses; The Virginian; 'The Waste Land';
Watership Down; We Have Always Lived in the Castle; The Wizard of Oz; 'The
Wreck ...

Author: Robin Furth

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 144475694X

Category: Fiction

Page: 656

View: 833

The second volume of THE CONCORDANCE is the definitive guide to the many worlds, argots, characters and cross-references within the Dark Tower series and among the rest of Stephen King's works. Covering portals and magical places, providing maps to Mid-, End- and Our World, and a timeline for the series, this is a fascinating and essential reference guide.