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THE SUNDIAL by  Shirley Jackson - Signed First Edition - [1958]. - from L. W. Currey, Inc. and Biblio.com

THE SUNDIAL

by Jackson, Shirley

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New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, [1958].. Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First edition. Signed on the front free endpaper by Jackson. THE SUNDIAL, "one of the most bizarre works in Jackson's oeuvre, seems to have been a prelude to WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE: the Halloran family becomes convinced that the rest of the world is going to end, and the narrative tone suggests that this belief might in fact be correct; the novel is occupied with the family's preparations to continue life after the rest of humanity has ceased to exist. Both these novels, as well as a number of short stories -- especially the celebrated 'One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts' (1955) -- display the misanthropy that is a central element of Jackson's work, and one which she conveys with consummate skill ... All Jackson's work -- with the exception, perhaps of THE BIRD'S NEST, a clumsy novel about multiple personality -- is subtle, powerful and flawlessly written; it reveals Jackson's keen insight into human personality and human society and her cynical, even jaundiced view of the world and its occupants. She has left a legacy of complex, richly textured horror writing that requires little or no bloodletting for its haunting effectiveness." - S. T. Joshi, Pringle (ed), St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers, p. 292. "Comic modern Gothic novel concerned with the eccentric Halloran family who shut themselves away on the family's estate to await the apocalypse prophesied by the ghost of the family patriarch ... It can be read as a lighter treatment of the themes of isolation and family madness that dominate WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE (1962)." - Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 6-182. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 4-156. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-120. Winter list, p. 269. Owner's signature and October 1958 date on front free endpaper. Top edges of front and rear boards lightly faded, a very good copy in very good dust jacket with light wear at spine ends and corner tips and tanning to spine panel and along flap folds. Presents well overall. Books signed by Jackson are uncommon. (#141156)

Before there was Hill House, there was the Halloran mansion of Jackson’s stunningly creepy fourth novel, The Sundial . When the Halloran clan gathers at the family home for a funeral, no one is surprised when the somewhat peculiar Aunt Fanny wanders off into the secret garden. But then she returns to report an astonishing vision of an apocalypse from which only the Hallorans and their hangers-on will be spared, and the family finds itself engulfed in growing madness, fear, and violence as they prepare for a terrible new world.


  • Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc. US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 141156
  • Title: THE SUNDIAL
  • Author: Jackson, Shirley
  • Book condition: Used
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: [1958].
  • Keywords: Gothic; Horror


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