Posted on July 14, 2021 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When one thinks of Shirley Jackson’s writing, one likely thinks of the dark and fantastic.

So here’s a little change of pace for her: love letters.

Laurence Jackson Hyman, the eldest child of Jackson, just released a compilation of his mother’s letters (titled, unsurprisingly, The Letters of Shirley Jackson).

The Paris Review shared two from the collection; sent in June 1938, they are the oldest surviving Jackson letters … and express her passion for her future husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman.

Jackson is best known for her short story “The Lottery” and the novels The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

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