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."
From Library Journal
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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