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Description - The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

The definitive collection of Shirley Jackson's short stories, including 'The Lottery' - one of the most terrifying and iconic stories of the twentieth century

An excellent host finds himself turned out of home by his own guests; a woman spends her wedding day frantically searching for her husband-to-be; and in Shirley Jackson's best-known story, a small farming village comes together for a terrible lottery.

The creeping unease of lives squandered and the bloody glee of lives lost is chillingly captured in these tales of wasted potential and casual cruelty by a master of the short story.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141191430
ISBN-10: 0141191430
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson - Reviewed by (09 Aug 2018)

The Lottery is a (very) short story by Shirley Jackson available free online here: http://jlbenet.com/lottery.pdf The people of a village assemble in the town square for their annual lottery. The children have gathered stones into a pile, and then the villagers arrange themselves into family groups, ready for the lottery to be drawn. It turns out this is not a lottery you want to win, although the reason for the “prize” is never truly apparent. Written in nineteen forty eight, this is a powerful little commentary on maintaining traditions regardless of their purpose or appropriateness. Definitely disturbing.


Author Biography - Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson was born in California in 1916. When her short storyThe Lotterywas first published in The New Yorker in 1948, readers were so horrified they sent her hate mail; it has since become one of the most iconic American stories of all time. Her first novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published in the same year and was followed by five more: Hangsaman, The Bird's Nest, The Sundial,The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, widely seen as her masterpiece. In addition to her dark, brilliant novels, she wrote lightly fictionalized magazine pieces about family life with her four children and her husband, the critic Stanley Edgar Hyman. Shirley Jackson died in her sleep in 1965 at the age of 48.

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