Issue a US Postal Stamp Honoring Shirley Jackson
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Many of you will remember reading Shirley Jackson's “The Lottery” in school – the small town, the children gathering stones, the black spot on the slip of paper. Since its 1948 publication in The New Yorker, “The Lottery” has become one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature, celebrated as an exemplar of the form and taught to hundreds of thousands of students each year.
“The Lottery” was just one of the classic works that Shirley Jackson wrote. She published more than fifteen books, including The Haunting of Hill House, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and has twice been adapted into a Hollywood film, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Her literary admirers include Stephen King, Donna Tartt, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Lethem, and Karen Russell.
Since her death in 1965, Shirley Jackson’s place in the landscape of 20th Century fiction has only grown. She is now considered one of the most important American writers of the last hundred years and among our greatest female authors. Penguin Classics has recently reissued five of her early titles. In the past year The New Yorker published two of her unpublished stories, and in 2015 Random House will publish Let Me Tell You, a collection of her unpublished work. W.W. Norton will publish the first major biography of Jackson in 2016 by renowned critic Ruth Franklin.
2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of Shirley Jackson’s birth, and the perfect opportunity to celebrate her work and legacy with a commemorative US postal stamp. By supporting a Shirley Jackson stamp, you’ll join readers, new and old, in honoring a magnificent storyteller whose work has touched millions of Americans and will continue to be loved by generations to come.
Please too, if you're inclined, add a brief statement in the Reasons for Signing about your memories of reading Shirley Jackson's work, how her writing has impacted your life, or what place you think she holds in American literature.
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