Jackson, Shirley

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Shirley Jackson
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Jackson, Shirley Gender: F
Shirley Hardie Jackson
born on 14 December 1916 at 07:15 (= 07:15 AM )
Place San Francisco, California, 37n47, 122w25
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: CAH
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 22°20' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 18°09 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 20°46'


American Gothic novelist, known as the "Virginia Werewolf of séance fiction," a prolific and disciplined writer whose typewriter kept going from day into night. Along with her haunting fictions, she wrote humorous domestic works as well as contributing articles to "Woman's Home Companion" and "The Saturday Evening Post" in the 1950s. Jackson enjoyed a tremendous following of horror fans delighted with her chilling thrillers. In 1961, she was award the Edgar Allen Poe Award for the story, "Louisa, Please."

Jackson studied at the University of Rochester from 1934 to 1936. She went to Syracuse University and earned her B.A. in 1940. At her home in North Bennington, Vermont, she hammered out her works. She was first published with her book, "The Road Through the Wall" in 1948. She gained many fans with her short story classic about small-town evil in "The Lottery" in 1948. She followed with her most noted novel, "The Haunting of Hill House" published in 1959 and made into a feature film in 1963. She also wrote her autobiography, "Just an Ordinary Day."

Jackson was married to literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman. Her husband, a compulsive skirt-chaser, kept their marriage tempestuous and troublesome. The couple had four children and remained married until Jackson's death in 1965.

Jackson was an alcoholic who took tranquilizers and Dexedrine. She suffered from agoraphobia and occasional bouts of severe depression. She died of a heart attack 8/08/1965 at the age of 48 in North Bennington, VT.

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  • Social : Begin a program of study 1934 in Rochester (Began college)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1940 (Stanley Edgar Hyman)
  • Work : New Career 1948 (First book released, "The Road Through the Wall")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1948 (Short story, "The Lottery")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1959 (Book, "The Haunting of Hill House")
  • Social : End a program of study 1960 in Syracuse (Earned B.A.)
  • Work : Prize 1961 (Edgar Allen Poe Award)
  • Death by Heart Attack 8 August 1965 (Age 50)
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  • Death of Mate 1970 (Stanley Edgar Hyman)

Source Notes

Contemporary American Horoscopes and Gauquelin Book of American Charts


  • Traits : Personality : Disciplined
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Fatal attack)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (Couldn't deal with life)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Couldn't deal with life)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression (Insecurity in marriage)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Phobias (Agoraphobia)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (25 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Stanley Edgar Hyman)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Distant (Husband skirt-chaser)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work alone/ Singular role
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Humor (Humorous domestic works)
  • Vocation : Writers : Magazine/ newsletter (Articles to various magazines)
  • Vocation : Writers : Sci-Fi/ Fantasy/ Horror
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Edgar Allen Poe Award)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women