The Lottery and Other Stories

The Lottery and Other Stories

Book - 2005
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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.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
ISBN: 9780374529536
0374529531
Branch Call Number: HORROR JACKSON
Characteristics: xii, 302 pages ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Lottery

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Horror/Psychological Suspense. Best known for 'The Lottery.'


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HujeBohoc
May 04, 2018

This has been called "horror" fiction, but I think it is a misleading description. The stories in this excellent collection rather convey a sense of impending doom, or uneasiness. What I felt reading these stories is similar to what I feel when I watch a David Lynch movie.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 21, 2018

When I grow up, I want to be like Shirley Jackson and write chilling short stories that haunt students for years.

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julia_sedai
Jul 27, 2015

I read this to see what Shirley Jackson's other stories are like. I read "The Lottery" in high school, so I only skimmed it this time. Even though I knew the ending, I felt the same shock. The other stories are not as horrible, but they leave you with a bad feeling most of the time. There is a running theme throughout the book of James Harris, also known as the daemon lover. I didn't really catch it until later on when I noticed there was an extraordinary amount of characters with the last name Harris. I like how it ties most of the stories together. Jackson amazes me because she is so clever. I recommend this book for anyone who appreciates good writing and doesn't mind stories with unhappy endings.

crankylibrarian Nov 01, 2011

This collection includes Jackson's most famous horror tale. depicting pitiless violence and superstition an outwardly idyllic small town. Her ability to evoke terror from seemingly ordinary circumstances is unparallelled.

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annekim9
Apr 30, 2008

Most shocking and disturbing ending I have ever read.

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