We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions) (Paperback)

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By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Introduction by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
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Shirley Jackson actually began her writing career as a domestic women's magazine column writer. When she published her first major short story, her regular readers were shocked at its dark and demented elements. From that time on, Shirley Jackson became a writer known for her horror, thriller, and mystery stories about the human condition. Though We Have Always Lived in the Castle isn't her most famous work, it is certainly one of her best. This story follows a pair of sisters with a dark past, as they navigate their way through a town and community who hate them. Lots of secrets and some shocking twists will leave you wanting more!

— From Meg


Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate. This edition features a new introduction by Jonathan Lethem.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author

Shirley Jackson (1919-1965), a celebrated writer of horror, wrote many stories as well as six novels and two works of nonfiction.Jonathan Lethem is the author of numerous acclaimed novels, including Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143039976
ISBN-10: 0143039970
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: October 31st, 2006
Pages: 146
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions