Shirley Jackson (1916–1965)

Writer of novels and short stories. Jackson was born in San Francisco, grew up mostly in Burlingame, California, and moved with her family to Rochester, New York, when she was 17. She studied first at the University of Rochester and later at Syracuse University, where she earned a degree in English in 1940. A disciplined and prolific writer, Jackson wrote over a hundred novels, short stories, books for children, and television scripts. Her best-known works include The Haunting of Hill House (1959) and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962). She was married to the literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman and lived with her family in Vermont. The Shirley Jackson Award is given annually for “outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.”