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THE SUNDIAL
New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy,. [1958]. cloth-backed boards.. Owner's signature and October 1958 date on front free endpaper. Top. edges of front and rear boards faded, a very good copy in about good. dust jacket with wear at edges, chips from head and heel of spine. panel, corner tips worn, small abrasion to rear panel, small tape. ghost to front flap. Books signed by Jackson are uncommon. (#141156). 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. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 4-156. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-120. Winter list, p. 269.
      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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