First paperback edition.
"A study in nightmare – by the most haunting writer of this generation" (front cover).
Jackson was unhappy with her publishers' choices in marketing her important collection of short stories even before they received the pulp treatment. Biographer Ruth Franklin tells the story: "Jackson found Farrar, Straus's promotional efforts distasteful, if effective. They were playing up the book as 'the most terrifying piece of literature ever prints, which is bad enough' [...] she complained, rightly believing that such insinuations trivialized her work. Publicist Pyke Johnson was telling any reporter who would listen that Jackson had used witchcraft to break Knopf's leg. 'Boy, that story is sure going to sell copies, ' he told her, slapping her on the back."
Read more: Franklin, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life.
New York: Avon Books. T-449, (1949). 7'' x 4.25''. Original mass market color pictorial wrappers (35c). All edges stained yellow. 222,  pages. A couple tiny nicks. Beautiful.
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