Raising Demons

JACKSON, Shirley. Raising Demons.

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JACKSON, Shirley. Raising Demons London, Michael Joseph Ltd. 1957

8vo; beige card wrappers, pubishers stamp 'Proof Copy for Inspection' pasted on front cover printed with a date, publishers compliment card also included; pp. [iv] 240; near fine copy.
In this rare Uncorrected Proof , and the sequel to her novel Life Amoung the Savages , the short story master of the American horror depicts the claustrophobic trials of the 1950's housewife with disocncerting precision as well as wit as she co-inhabits life alongside her most intmiate demons: her growing children. Shortly after the publication of her novel, The Haunting of Hill House Jackon was plagued by an acute agrophobia, writing in her journal, "I have written myself into the house". Despite the weight of claustrophobia, the pressures of imposed domesticity were merely labours harnessed in her writing, "all the time that I am making beds and doing dishes and driving to town for dancing shoes, I am telling myself stories. Stories about anything, anything at all. Just stories". Within the horrors of Jackson's haunted houses speak the reality of familail trauma and a vivid female imagination supressed.