Friday, May 11, 2007

Shirley Jackson news

The new Philip K. Dick volume promped Sydney and me to think out loud about other authors who deserve Library of America editions, and we quickly reached agreement on one: Shirley Jackson. So I e-mailed the LoA this note:
My wife and I are enthusiastic subscribers to the Library of America, and a few days ago we got to talking about the fiction writer Shirley Jackson -- especially her great novels The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle and her great stories such as "The Lottery" and "One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts." Is a Shirley Jackson volume in the Library of America pipeline, and if not, how would we go about recommending such a thing? Is there a formal petition mechanism, a postal address to which our fellow Jackson enthusiasts could write, etc.? Thanks for your time, and keep up the great work.
Within the week, I received an unsigned but personal reply:
Dear Mr. Duncan:

Thank you for your message. We are happy to take suggestions for the series via email.

Jackson is in development for inclusion in the series, but no publication date has been set.
So that's good news, eh?

1 comment:

Jude said...

That's very good news about the Jackson volume. I just recently re-read "The Haunting of Hill House" and was again thoroughly impressed. I would love to get a collected volume, like Library of America's great Flannery O'Connor Volume.