The Lottery: And Other Stories

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The Lottery, one of the most terrifying stories written in this century, created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker. "Power and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery:" with twenty-four equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate Jack son's remarkable range—from the hilarious to the truly horrible—and power as a storyteller.

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Overview

The Lottery, one of the most terrifying stories written in this century, created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker. "Power and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery:" with twenty-four equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate Jack son's remarkable range—from the hilarious to the truly horrible—and power as a storyteller.

The people of a village perform their annual lottery, with startling consequences for the recipient of the one paper with the black spot.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374529536
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 3/16/2005
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 127,597
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 5.52 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Jackson, born in 1919, was the author of numerous books, including Hangsman, Life Among the Savages, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. For the last twenty years of her life, until her death in 1965, she lived in North Bennington, Vermont.

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Table of Contents

The Intoxicated

The Daemon Lover

Like Mother Used to Make

Trial by Combat

The Villager

My Life with R.H. Macy

The Witch

The Renegade

After You, My Dear Alphonse

Charles

Afternoon in Linen

Flower Garden

Dorothy and My Grandmother

And the Sailors

Colloquy

Elizabeth

A Fine Old Firm

The Dummy

Seven Types of Ambiguity

Come Dance with Me in Ireland

Of Course

Pillar of Salt

Men with Their Big Shoes

The Tooth

Got a Letter from Jimmy

The Lottery

Epilogue

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    The Lottery-perhaps the best short story ever written

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2006

    College Student

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Macabre

    The Lottery is a disturbing but very gripping short story. I recommend everyone read this at least once.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2003

    highly recommended

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2003

    Best anthology of short stories ever!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2000

    Excellent

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Great book

    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 :(

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Read it in school

    It is not as scary as you may excpect.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2006

    Uneven

    While Shirley Jackson's prose is always readable, I often finished a story and wondered what happened to the ending. Many of her pieces are the slice-of-life variety, showing an event in someone's life, but not making it clear why I or anyone else should care about them. 'Dorothy and My grandmother and the Sailors,' is that kind of story, where a young girl and her friend have a minor encounter with sailors during a shopping trip. So minor that the story is really just a set of impressions of the day. I've never found stories like that particularly compelling, and Jackson hasn't changed my mind. Then there are other stories that dig in and show what makes people tick. In 'Flower Garden,' a lonely wife is thrilled to get a new neighbor and becomes close friends with her, until her friend ends up being too friendly with a local black family. As the racist town begins to turn on the woman and give her the silent treatment, the wife slowly turns on her as well, fearful of being an outcast even in a city where she had no friends to begin with. Unfortunately, stories like that are rare in this book. There are other good ones as well, some hilarious, like 'Charles,' and some scary, like 'The Lottery,' but most are random views of people's lives, like 'The Intoxicated,' that left me unsatisfied and untouched.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2014

    Grace

    I think this was a good book i like how they add the twist
    The part i like waswhen she gotstond to death

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Email me @ desioodesioo1@gmail.com

    I love this book cuz im in 7th grade and this is wat we r learning about and iwasnt there to read it now i go on my nook and guess wat .... i found it!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Not a collection of short horror stories

    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.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

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    Outstanding book.

    Outstanding book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    Good

    Very barbaric and is about a village which believes in superstition. However, there is irony in the story and it is a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2006

    Awesome

    'The Lottery' is obviously the standout story in this collection, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't read the whole book. It is wonderful. Shirley Jackson is a brilliant writer, taking us into the minds of characters in seemingly normal situations. I have never read a more compelling collection of short stories by a single author. My favorite stories, besides 'The Lottery,' are: 'The Tooth', 'The Renegade', 'Of Course', and 'Charles.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2005

    Shirley at her best!

    I've only read the Lottery and I must say that the twist in the end is fantastic. What you think is a nice, town oriented lottery with money and prizes takes a turn in the end and everything turns twisted and almost terrifying to endure. This is Shirley Jackson at her best. This macabre tale of a surburban town and their annual lottery is sure to chill you to the bone!

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