Friedman, Lenemaja. 1975. Shirley Jackson. Boston: Twayne. This book contains biographical information; discusses Jackson’s first novel, psychological novels, novel settings, memoirs, and themes within her short fiction; and contains a useful selected bibliography with annotations.
Hall, Joan Wylie. 1993. Shirley Jackson: A Study of Short Fiction. New York: Twayne. Part I discusses Jackson’s short fiction, and Part II offers biographical information.
Hoffman, Steven K. 1976. “Individuation and Character Development in the Fiction of Shirley Jackson.” Hartford Studies in Literature, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 190-208. Hoffman applies Jung’s theory of individuation to Jackson’s novels, arguing that her works involve a struggle between a developing personality against forces that would arrest its growth.
Oppenheimer, Judy. 1989. Private Demons: The Life of Shirley Jackson. Hendersonville, TN: Ballentine. Although scholarly and well researched, this biography is made highly entertaining by its numerous anecdotes, collected in extensive personal interviews with friends and family of Shirley Jackson. It suggests that Jackson's own volatile lifestyle and diverse personality contributed to her early death.
Reinsch, Paul N. 2001. A Critical Biography of Shirley Jackson, American Writer. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen. This book includes both reviews of Jackson’s work from the time of publication and Jackson’s critical works. The annotations and introduction contribute to Jackson scholarship by arguing that some of her fiction has been misread due to the perceived reputation of Shirley Jackson.
Rubenstein, Roberta. 1996. “House Mothers and Haunted Daughters: Shirley Jackson and the Female Gothic.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 309-331. Rubenstein argues that Jackson’s fiction deserves wider recognition for its emotionally resonant literary representations of the psychology of family relationships. It explores in particular the ways in which Jackson’s gothic fiction represents the primitive and powerful emotional bonds that constitute the ambivalent attachment between mothers and daughters.