College Daze: Joan Schenkar at Bennington

By Mad Dog
Published: Mar 22, 2010

And those were the days. For a thesis adviser, Joan Schenkar — author of The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith — had the esteemed literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman. Her bonus: Hyman was married to the haunted short story ("The Lottery") writer and essayist Shirley Jackson. Schenkar knew them well and remembers it all. Now she looks back in wry amusement here.