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Editorial Reviews Review

If you were thrilled by Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" but aren't familiar with her other stories, don't miss the chance to pick up this important collection edited by the author's husband. In addition to "The Lottery," it includes classics like "The Beautiful Stranger" (body snatcher theme with a twist), "The Summer People" (a tale of sinister villagers), "A Visit" (a lyrical ghost story), "The Rock" (where death is a short, shy gentleman), and "The Bus" (Jackson's most overtly ghoulish and frightening story of all). The unfinished novel Come Along with Me is mesmerizing, and Jackson's "Biography of a Story" is an utterly hilarious account of readers' reactions when "The Lottery" was first published in the New Yorker in 1948. As the New York Times said, "Everything this author ... has in it the dignity and plausibility of myth ... Shirley Jackson knew better than any writer since Hawthorne the value of haunted things."

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This contains the completed portion of the novel Come Along with Me that Jackson had in progress at the time of her death in 1965 plus 16 short stories, including "The Lottery." LJ's reviewer found that the stories highlight Jackson's "peculiar marriage of person and place, her acutely, instinctively observed characters, and her special genius." (LJ 8/68).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140250379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140250374
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco in 1919. She first received wide critical acclaim for her short story 'The Lottery', which was published in 1948. Her novels--which include The Sundial, The Bird's Nest, Hangsaman, The Road through the Wall, We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House--are characterised by her use of realistic settings for tales that often involve elements of horror and the occult. Raising Demons and Life Among the Savages are her two works of nonfiction. Come Along With Me is a collection of stories, lectures, and part of the novel she was working on when she died in 1965.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is a fitting testament to Shirley Jackson, as the selections span her entire literary career. It is tragic that a writer of Jackson's caliber should be called away during her productive years, but we are quite fortunate to be allowed a taste of the novel Jackson was working on when she died. That taste is a short one, consisting of six chapters (roughly 27 pages), the final three of which are the first draft. The protagonist is a thoroughly Jacksonian character, sometimes spontaneous and sometimes nostalgic, making a new life for herself in her own peculiar way. Her attempts at shoplifting are particularly telling of her character, but unfortunately her story ends at just about that point. The other stories included here are a special treat. While "The Lottery" is included (just in case someone may not be familiar with it, as Jackson's husband tells us in his preface), the other stories are poignant looks into the lives of rather ordinary people. Jackson had an amazing talent for characterization; the smallest actions can tell us more about a person than his/her overt actions and words, and such little things make Jackson's stories incredibly vivid, illuminating, and personal. Shirley Jackson was a wife and mother whose writing always took second place behind her family. Many of these stories center on family life in all its aspects. "The Beautiful Stranger" and "A Day in the Jungle" deals with the sense of unfulfillment and unhappiness that one partner may come to feel in his/her marriage, "The Rock" speaks to the strength of a brother-sister relationship, "Island" is a somber story about one's end-of-life years. "Pajama Party" is a simple tale of a young girl's birthday slumber party.Read more ›
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Clay Bacon on May 27, 2000
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It is a shame that Shirley Jackson died before finished what most certainly would have been her most provocative novel, yet we are lucky that a small portion exists. But, if you don't like cliffhangers (even though this one is on purpose), you'll be disappointed.
However, the book contains much more than just the unfinished novel; it is a collection of some of her best short stories and lectures. "The Lottery" is included as is a "biography" of the story displaying some of the reactions received by the shocking story. Other stories such as "Pajama Party" and "A Day in the Jungle" show her talent for the human side, innocence and all. "The Rock" is just as haunting as "The Lottery" and is perhaps even more disturbing.
A book for writers, COME ALONG WITH ME also includes several of Jackson's lectures regarding her ideas on the creation of short stories and their value as literature. This is definitely a book for those wanting to become more familiar with Jackson's spellbinding work.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 2000
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This book is amazing! If you love short stories with a twist (or twisted short stories), you will be mezmerized by this book. The real gems in this collection are the short stories--you will find it difficult to put this book down. If you loved "The Lottery", get this book! The collection was assembled posthumously by Shirley Jackson's most trusted critic--husband Stanley Hyman--and it is pure gold!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Chadwick H. Saxelid on February 25, 2002
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Shirely Jackson was a gifted writer who deserves to be regarded with the same prestige heaped upon Ray Bradbury and others. Come Along With Me, a posthumous collection gathering together early works with lectures and a novel fragment, not only allows readers to shiver and giggle as only Ms. Jackson could make us do, it also offers the reader an intimate glimpse into the creative process (compare the sharp focus in the revised segments of Come Along With Me with the somewhat blurred unrevised sections) and, by printing short stories in order of their publication, the growth of Ms. Jackson's considerable talent for the intelligently ghoulish can be seen and savored. As with her other, more famous stories (i.e The Haunting of Hill House), it is what is implied in the methodical unfolding of the tales that makes for the chills rather than in your face grue. This book, along with Jackson's others, is an essential in any literature loving bookworm's library. Highest recommendation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Z. E. Lowell on December 18, 2007
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Shirley Jackson was once told that even if she never wrote anything except "The Lottery" she would be remembered forever. Indeed, who can forget the first time they read this story and its shocking, sinister ending? "Come Along With Me" includes not only this classic story, but several of Jackson's other writings as well (short stories, essays, an unfinished novel), which prove Jackson's great talent and unique genius.

Yet, what is it that makes Jackson's work so effective and provocative? Few authors have her talent for tapping into our fears and fantasies quite as well as Shirley Jackson. After dangling the promise of joy and happiness in front of us, she cruelly snatches it away and show us a dark parody of our own dreams. We see this time and time again in Jackson's work, especially in several of the stories collected here. In "Summer People", a married couple's long-awaited extended holiday becomes a nightmare of isolation. In "Beautiful Stranger", a woman is miraculously freed from an abusive husband, but loses herself in the process. In "The Bus", an elderly woman finds pain in childhood memories just when it seems she needs them the most. And, In "I Know Who I Love" a woman finds that even after the deaths of her unloving, overprotective parents, she is still very much within their control. In short, there are few happy endings in Shirley Jackson's world.

This is a great collection for Jackson fans as well as those who might not be too familiar with her work. The only bad part, a few of her early stories are a little weak compared to the later ones. All in all, this book is still well worth checking out!
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