The Lottery and Other Stories

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Macmillan, Mar 16, 2005 - Fiction - 302 pages
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One of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker in 1948. "Power and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. Today it is considered a classic work of short fiction, a story remarkable for its combination of subtle suspense and pitch-perfect descriptions of both the chilling and the mundane.

The Lottery and Other Stories, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery" with twenty-four equally unusual short stories. Together they demonstrate Jackson's remarkable range -- from the hilarious to the horrible, the unsettling to the ominous -- and her power as a storyteller.


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User Review  - Celeste Kovachi - Goodreads

This is a worthwhile read. Jackson's endings are quirky and unsettling, and reveal the ugliness that sometimes lies beneath societal etiquette and fašade. Read full review

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User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

I started reading the first three stories but I didn't find them to be anything special they were not unique or "thought provoking" at the end of each I thought "eh no real point" so I skipped ahead ... Read full review

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Shirley Jackson (1919-1965), the author ofThe Haunting of Hill House,Hangsaman,Life Among the Savages, andWe Have Always Lived in the Castle, is considered one of the masters of modern gothic fiction. She is perhaps best known for her short story "The Lottery.

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