July 27th, 2015

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Dear Paul Theroux, Yes, She Wrote It

[Spoilers for a Shirley Jackson story written and published decades ago.]

The New York Times published a review of Let Me Tell You, Shirley Jackson volume of collected, unpublished work. Apparently nobody at the Times, including Mr. Theroux, is a hardcore Jackson fan. He ends his review with:

At one point, she mentions something she intended to write, “a long story about a girl who runs away from home and tries so successfully to eradicate any aspect of her old personality that when she wants to go home again she can’t get in; they don’t know her.” This fetching idea is the general concept of Albert Camus’s “Le Malentendu.” I wonder if she ever wrote it?

Yes, she did. The story is "Louisa, Please Come Home," and can be found in Jackson's story collection Come Along with Me.

Signed, Indignant in California

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