New Shirley Jackson Semi-Biopic Sheds Light on the Writer’s Work and Life

By Hannah White

The new Hulu biopic Shirley, based upon the novel of the same name by Susan Scarf Merrell, tells a story loosely based on the real life of famous horror/mystery writer Shirley Jackson (played by Elisabeth Moss). Author of The Lottery (1948) and The Haunting of Hill House (1959), stories that continue to be regarded as some of the best writing in this genre, Jackson has inspired writers including Steven King and has had her work adapted into multiple series and films including the immensely successful The Haunting of Hill House (2018) and We Have Always Lived In The Castle (2...

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