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The Lottery: And Other Stories
     

The Lottery: And Other Stories

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by Shirley Jackson, A. M. Homes (Introduction)
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“The stories remind one of the elemental terrors of childhood.” —James Hilton, Herald Tribune

“In her art, as in her life, Shirley Jackson was an absolute original. She listened to her own voice, kept her own counsel, isolated herself from all intellectual and literary currents . . . . She was unique.” —Newsweek

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374529536
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
03/16/2005
Series:
FSG Classics Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
53,395
Product dimensions:
8.32(w) x 5.52(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Shirley Jackson (1919–1965) wrote several books, including Hangsaman, Life Among the Savages, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

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The Lottery: And Other Stories 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
RexTheTex More than 1 year ago
I've read the Lottery many times, a few dozen at least. I enjoy it each and every time and if you haven't read Shirley Jackson, you haven't read horror.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 38 and I do remember this novel from college and the impact was so great that my son who is in high school has read and written a school paper on this. This novel opens your mind to the unthinkable and unimagianable. Brillant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the book overall to be a well written easy read. The problem is that there is just enough of each story to engage the reader before it abruptly ends and the reader is left with no resolution. I continued to read the novel, in it's entirety, even after it became clear that each story would suffer from the same flaw. It's true, some were fleshed out more than others, and their conclusion might be satisfactory enough, under other circumstances, but overall, I was left was a feeling of frustration after each story. Saying that this type of ending leaves the reader with an eerie unsettled feeling or allows the reader to use their imagination about where the story might go, seems like a poor excuse. The only story exempt from this is "The Lottery" itself. It is macabre and haunting and I can see why it received so many positive reviews. However, I wish more of the reviews had referenced the entire work, rather than just the one story by the same name. It's somewhat misleading. Save yourself the time and frustration and just read "The Lottery" short story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Lottery is a disturbing but very gripping short story. I recommend everyone read this at least once.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The lottery is a masterpiece. Best short story I have ever read! Jackson has an amazing use of symbolism, and her stories are full of suspense. You will not want to put this book down. After reading the Lottery, you may begin to question some of the traditions in your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. The stories here are about things that occur in our everyday lives with a twist of eerieness added to them. Like being trapped in the Twilight Zone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the lottery in class and had to write an essay on it. While this story is twisted and demented I really loved it. Though i feel quite bad for the not so lucky winner Tesse Hutchison... Poor girl :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book after reading great reviews on two other websites. I have now realized that the majority of those reviews were for one story found in this book, "The Lottery." While "The Lottery" is twisted, I found most of the other stories to be uninteresting. It was like hearing someone describe their day at the dinner table just to break the silence. The stories do not have any real endings making them feel pointless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story introduces an interesting moral dispute. When you consider that the majority of readers think of Tessie Hutchinson as a victim, while really, she was playing the game. This cooperation and involvement in the situation makes Tessie as much of a scapegoat as any other character in the story. The concept that Tessie was the unfortunate loser of the lottery does not necissarily excuse her from the moral dilemma at hand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this in school, was a great read! Really opens up your mind to the perplexities of the "negative" world out there. 
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Riven2310 More than 1 year ago
Outstanding book.
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