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Title:
The haunting
Author:
Jackson, Shirley, 1916-1965.
Uniform Title:
Haunting of Hill House
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Penguin Books, 1999.

©1959
Physical Description:
246 pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
Originally published in 1959 by Viking.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
990 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.1 15 Quiz: 16743 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780140287431
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The classic supernatural thriller by an author who helped define the genre.

First published in 1959 under the title The Haunting of Hill House , Shirley Jackson's beloved novel has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomena called "haunting"; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers--and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

"Makes your blood chill and your scalp prickle. . . . Shirley Jackson is the master of the haunted tale."-- The New York Times Book Review


Author Notes

Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco, California on December, 14, 1919. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University in 1940. Much of her writing was done during the years she was raising her children. She is best-known for the short story The Lottery, which was first published in 1948 and adapted for television in 1952 and into play form in 1953.

Her published works include articles, nonfiction prose, plays, poetry, seven novels, and fifty-five short stories. Her other works include Life among the Savages, Raising Demons, The Haunting of Hill House, which was adapted to film, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. She died on August 8, 1965 at the age of 45.

(Bowker Author Biography)