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A haunting and psychologically driven collection from Shirley Jackson that includes her best-known story "The Lottery"
 
At last, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" enters Penguin Classics, sixty-five years after it shocked America audiences and elicited the most responses of any piece in New Yorker history. In her gothic visions of small-town America, Jackson, the author of such masterworks as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always ...

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Overview

A haunting and psychologically driven collection from Shirley Jackson that includes her best-known story "The Lottery"
 
At last, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" enters Penguin Classics, sixty-five years after it shocked America audiences and elicited the most responses of any piece in New Yorker history. In her gothic visions of small-town America, Jackson, the author of such masterworks as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, turns an ordinary world into a supernatural nightmare. This eclectic collection goes beyond her horror writing, revealing the full spectrum of her literary genius. In addition to Come Along with Me, Jackson's unfinished novel about the quirky inner life of a lonely widow, it features sixteen short stories and three lectures she delivered during her last years.

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Editorial Reviews

Granville Hicks
“Leaves no doubt as to Miss Jackson’s craftsmanship and power . . . utterly convincing detail that breaks down the reader’s disbelief.”
The New York Times Book Review
“Everything this author wrote . . . has in it the dignity and plausibility of myth. . . . Shirley Jackson knew better than any writer since Hawthorne the value of haunted things.”
Chicago Sunday Times
“Shirley Jackson was a bright, crafty . . . very impressive maker of stories . . . Come Along With Me is a kind of memorial to her . . . an engaging volume.”
The New York Times Book Review
Everything this author wrote . . . has in it the dignity and plausibility of myth. . . . Shirley Jackson knew better than any writer since Hawthorne the value of haunted things.
Chicago Sunday Times
Shirley Jackson was a bright, crafty . . . very impressive maker of stories . . . Come Along With Me is a kind of memorial to her . . . an engaging volume.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143107118
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 485,228
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Jackson (1916–1965) received wide critical acclaim for her short story "The Lottery," which was first published in the New Yorker in 1948. Her novels include We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Sundial, and The Haunting of Hill House.
 
Laura Miller is a cofounder of Salon.com, where she is a senior writer. She is the editor of The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors and the introducer of the Penguin Classics edition of The Haunting of Hill House.

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Table of Contents

Preface

COME ALONG WITH ME

FOURTEEN STORIES Janice Tootie in Peonage A Cauliflower in Her Hair I Know Who I Love The Beautiful Stranger The Summer People Island A Visit The Rock A Day in the Jungle Pajama Party Louisa, Please Come Home The Little House The Bus

THREE LECTURES, WITH TWO STORIES Experience and Fiction
The Night We All Had Grippe
Biography of a Story
The Lottery
Notes for a Young Writer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    This collection of short stories by Jackson was wonderful. I tho

    This collection of short stories by Jackson was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Jackson through her work. She has a wonderful personality that I never realized she had. Her claim to fame being "The Lottery" it has, naturally, been included. But this book contains so much more than the "horror" genre. Jackson is perky and witty and knows how to write a story. If you're looking for a good read, a good laugh, and "The Lottery" this is the book for you.

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