I write book reviews and culture journalism for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and other publications. I also teach at Columbia, @92Y, and sometimes elsewhere. I’m the author of Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life and A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction.

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Ruth Franklin

I'm a book critic and the author of SHIRLEY JACKSON: A RATHER HAUNTED LIFE. Currently at work on a new book about Anne Frank.