The Lottery: And Other Stories

The Lottery: And Other Stories

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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 collection of stories 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.

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: 67,593
Product dimensions: 8.32(w) x 5.52(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

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

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
Afternoon in Linen
Flower Garden
Dorothy and My Grandmother
And the Sailors
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

Customer Reviews

The Lottery: And Other Stories 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 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
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 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
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
Gripping, entertaining and horrible at once.
Sean191 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, back on the side of not liking Shirley Jackson. Thankfully, the collection ends with The Lottery, so I had the opportunity to get reacquainted with that excellent short story. If I had never heard of The Lottery and managed to slog through the rest of the stories to get to it, it would have been worth it, but I wish I just skipped to it and enjoyed myself for the few minutes it takes to read it, cutting out all the other stories that weren't very good. If not for The Lottery, no one would have known "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" (another enjoyable, but maybe lesser work from Jackson). Without either of those stories, I can't imagine there being any interest in these shorts or some of her other work. Maybe the Haunting of Hill House is worthwhile...I'm not sure if I have the confidence to find out.
susiesharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a series of short stories mostly dealing with the way we human beings treat each other sometimes in very despicable ways. A lot of these stories ended so abruptly that it is a bit jarring but each of these stories leaves you with something to think about.I didn't enjoy this as much as We Have Always Lived in the Castle but it still showed she is a good writer.I listened to this on audio narrated by, Carol Stewart I enjoyed her narration very much.
deslivres5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked up this collection of short stories by Shirley Jackson solely to read "The Lottery" because someone had mentioned the premise behind "The Hunger Games" was similar. While I thoroughly enjoyed "The Hunger Games", I found the short story "The Lottery" to be just plain creepy, like an episode out of the Twilight Zone TV show. I'm glad I wasn't required to read this one in school!I also sampled a few more of the shorter, short stories in this collection. I laughed at "The Dummy" (I couldn't get the restaurant scene from "Hello Dolly" out of my mind when reading it). "The Intoxicated" hinted at something sinister happening to the world and I wanted to know more. "The Witch" was a bit disturbing. "Got a Letter from Jimmy" also left me wanting to know more back story (but I guess that might be the hallmark of good short story).
DanaJean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As many of you probably have, I read The Lottery while still in high school. I found it to be a chilling story then; and I found it to be as chilling today. The other short stories leading up to this were a genuinely nice surprise, as I wasn't familiar with any of Shirley Jackson's other short pieces. Little snippets of life, written with such plain language. I found them to be fascinating in their simplicity. The beginning writer could learn a great deal from Shirley Jackson.
susanbevans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The title story is simply incredible! Haunting and powerful, this collection is truly unusual, but in a good way. Jackson deals with some pretty grave subjects in her stories, such as racism and social morality, with a refreshing and vivid poignancy that leaves the reader gasping fro breath. This collection is a "can't miss" literary opportunity.
plenilune on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I picked this up to see if "The Lottery" has held up since I read it in high school (and it has), this collection is far more than just its title story. Whether she's writing about social issues such as race ("After You, My Dear Alphonse", "Flower Garden") or class ("Men with Their Big Shoes"), Jackson is a master of the short story. She succinctly captures a child's point-of-view ("Afternoon in Linen", "The Witch") as well as that of an outsider in the city ("Pillar of Salt", "The Tooth"). While Jackson wields a skillful pen (see such finely crafted stories as "The Daemon Lover", "Like Mother Used to Make" and "The Villager") I feel that she's at her best on shorter stories, such as the affecting and sharp "Got A Letter from Jimmy", rather than longer ones.
calmclam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Picked this up after finishing We Have Always Lived in the Castle, but I didn't enjoy it as much. The stories are interesting and well-crafted, though not always satisfying, and the overall effect is rather depressing. Themes include: loneliness, disenchantment, disenfranchisement, mob rule, and general sadness.
raggedtig on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read this book in high school as part of our required reading. Very eerie story. I don't know if I could live in a town where they held a "death lottery". It's been a long time since I read the book, but I still remember parts of it and it still creeps me out.
Omrythea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Lottery is one of the most powerful short stories around. Read it and you will definitely have some thoughts about it. The story stays with you forever...
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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