The Bird's Nest

The Bird’s Nest

Foreword by: Kevin Wilson

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143107033
  • 272 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Shirley Jackson’s third novel, a chilling descent into multiple personalities

Elizabeth is a demure twenty-three-year-old wiling her life away at a dull museum job, living with her neurotic aunt, and subsisting off her dead mother’s inheritance. When Elizabeth begins to suffer terrible migraines and backaches, her aunt takes her to the doctor, then to a psychiatrist. But slowly, and with Jackson’s characteristic chill, we learn that Elizabeth is not just one girl—but four separate, self-destructive personalities. The Bird’s Nest, Jackson’s third novel, develops hallmarks of the horror master’s most unsettling work: tormented heroines, riveting familial mysteries, and a disquieting vision inside the human mind.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
The Bird's Nest

The Bird’s Nest

Shirley Jackson, Foreword by: Kevin Wilson


“Undeniably brilliant . . . superlative entertainment; much the best book Shirley Jackson has written.”
New York Herald Tribune

“Shirley Jackson’s best novel…. The Bird’s Nest is brilliant, swift, at times immensely funny, and alternately frightening. Shirley Jackson’s portrayal of a personality in disintegration is masterful.”
Chicago Tribune



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