Private Demons

Thoughts  Private Demons: The Life of Shirley Jackson by Judy Oppenheimer, GP Putnam’s Sons 1988, 304 pages Hardcover

I had no idea.

What an interesting life! and yet, I don’t think that says anything at all. You might think by my saying she had an interesting life that she traveled and did amazing things. But no, not really. She was a mom. She was a wife. She wrote books. She collected things.

but WOWZA!

She had agoraphobia. She was a partier and also extremely private. She resented and rejected her mother and also earnestly wanted to please her.

She was complicated!



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12 Responses to “Private Demons”

  1. 1 Laurie C November 18, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I didn’t know much about her life either, except that women’s lib didn’t come along soon enough for her. I really want to read about her now, after reading your posts.

  2. 3 bermudaonion(Kathy) November 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Even though I’ve never read her work I bet I’d find her life fascinating.

  3. 5 Belle Wong November 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Complicated is a very good word to describe Shirley Jackson! I haven’t read this biography yet – must put it on my to-read list.

  4. 7 Jenners November 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Complicated people should always have the best biographies.

  5. 9 Kailana November 19, 2012 at 12:04 am

    This sounds like it would be really good to read!

  6. 11 stacybuckeye November 19, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Interesting and complicated are tempting :)

  1. 1 It’s Shirley Jackson Week « Care's Online Book Club Trackback on December 6, 2012 at 7:50 pm

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