“Random House said on Monday that it had acquired a new collection of works by Ms. Jackson, the National Book Award-nominated author of “The Haunting of Hill House,” compiled primarily from her papers at the Library of Congress.
"The new collection, called “Garlic in Fiction,” is edited by two of Ms. Jackson’s children, Laurence Jackson Hyman and Sarah Hyman DeWitt, and includes her fiction (like the short story “Paranoia,” which was published for the first time in The New Yorker last summer), as well as drawings, lectures and works of nonfiction that previously appeared in women’s magazines of the 1940s and ’50s…
This is the most significant Shirley Jackson-related news in a long time. I’m familiar with the material in this book, and to me the lectures are the most fascinating. Who wouldn’t want to read Shirley Jackson’s advice to writers?
“She would rest her bare bronze arms easily at her side, open her well-rouged lips until you could see all of the big white teeth, half close her eyes, and start to sway…. Then she would learn forward and let her big full voice roll out over the house…. There was nothing you could do about it except sit back and listen and let the sound pour over you like a heavy surf.” — Stanley Edgar Hyman, on hearing Bessie Smith sing
'Not only was my mother (Shirley Jackson) prolific as a writer, she was also an artist. We have found more than eight hundred of her Thurberesque cartoons, watercolors and paintings, which we are also considering publishing. In fact, Shirley did a number of cartoons with references to The New Yorker, usually her impressions of Stanley’s life when he was off at the New Yorker offices, leaving the rest of us in snowy Vermont.'
The makers of the Holocaust documentary film No. 4 Street of Our Lady have sued a Canadian novelist, accusing her of violating copyright. Where does inspiration end and plagiarism begin?
I was on Israeli radio this weekend talking about the line between fictionalizing and plagiarizing when fiction writers make use of real-life Holocaust events. My segment starts late in the program - around 56:00. If you listen closely, you can hear my cat meowing in the background.