The Lottery and Other Stories

Shirley Jackson; With an Introduction by A. M. Homes

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

0374529531

9780374529536

Trade Paperback

320 Pages

$15.00

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One of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, "The Lottery" created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker. "Powerful and haunting" and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. Widely anthologized, "The Lottery" is today considered a classic work of short fiction.

This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson's lifetime, combines "The Lottery" with twenty-four equally unusual or unsettling tales. Taken together, these writings demonstrate Jackson's remarkable and commanding range—from the commonplace to the chilling, from the hilarious to the truly horrible—as a modern storyteller.

This FSG Classics edition also features a new introduction to Jackson's work by A. M. Homes.

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Praise for The Lottery and Other Stories

"Jackson is unparalleled as a leader in the field of beautifully written, quiet, cumulative shudders."—Dorothy Parker, Esquire

"[These] stories remind one of the elemental terrors of childhood."—James Hilton, New York 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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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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Shirley Jackson; With an Introduction by A. M. Homes

  • Shirley Jackson (1919-65) wrote several books, including Hangsaman, Life Among the Savages, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. For the last twenty years of her life, she lived in North Bennington, Vermont.
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