Let Me Tell You about Shirley Jackson and Clark Gable, did the Mistress of Menace meet the King of Hollywood?

Clark Gable and Nancy Hawks at El Morocco (1948)
Clark Gable and Nancy Hawks at El Morocco (1948), the year Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery was published in the New Yorker

Leave it to Shirley Jackson to spin a tale of an unsettling — and altogether too true — encounter with fame. I wonder, was she at El Morocco that night?

The story is called The Arabian Nights from the newly published and absolutely mesmerizing,

Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings, by Shirley Jackson

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6 comments

    • You will read “Let Me Tell You” over and over again — stories, essays, articles — funny, frightening, oh-so-sardonic. Write me an email with your address in France? And I’ll send you a copy!

      • Heather in Arles

        Pumpkin, it costs a FORTUNE to mail books to France! I put it on my Amazon list and will get it later in the fall. Thanks so much for offering though! How do I not know her writing???

    • I don’t know if she was in the nightclub (maybe she saw the photo in the paper) but whatever happened the story has that very real, very off-center, emotional core she’s famous for. I just about flipped when I read it, El Morocco — The Arabian Nights — hm. Kind of the opposite of:
      Dear Mr. Gable,
      I am writing this to you
      and I hope that you will read it so you’ll know
      My heart beats like a hammer
      and I stutter and I stammer
      every time I see you at the picture show.
      I guess I’m just another fan of yours
      and I thought I’d write and tell you so…

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