Born in San Francisco in the family of Leslie and Geraldine Jackson.Childhood of the future writer was held in Burlingame - a suburb of San Francisco, favored by the middle class. Jackson lived in San Fransisco for a few years before moving to New York together with her parents. As a result of her move to New York Jackson ended up attending the University of Rochester and his proved to be a turning point in Shirley Jacksons life. It was during her years in university that she developed her interest for writing as well as meeting her future husband Stanley Edgar Hyman. Jacksons marriage with Stanley Edgar took her to North Bennington, Vermont and it was here that she would not only settle down but also thrive in her writing. She wrote most of her pieces in North Bennington and lived her life there up until her death in 1965.