REVIEWS: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

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It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr.

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Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, the lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; và Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined lớn be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them lớn make its own.
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Shirley Jackson was an influential American author.

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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, và Richard Matheson.She is best known for her dystopian short story, "The Lottery" (1948), which suggests there is a deeply unsettling underside lớn 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 & old-fashioned abuse."Jackson"s husband, the literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman, wrote in his preface to lớn a posthumous anthology of her work that "she consistently refused lớn be interviewed, to explain or promote her work in any fashion, or lớn take public stands và 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 sản phẩm 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 lớn 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", & she felt that they at least understood the story".In 1965, Jackson died of heart failure in her sleep, at her trang chủ in North Bennington Vermont, at the age of 48.