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The Lottery and Other Stories (FSG Classics) Paperback – March 9, 2005
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“The stories remind one of the elemental terrors of childhood.” ―James Hilton, 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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"Jackson's great gift is not to create a world of fantasy and terror, but rather to discover the existence of the grotesque in the ordinary world. The grotesque is so powerful here just because it takes off from everyday life and constantly returns there until we do not know ourselves quite where we are."
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Top Customer Reviews
The rest of the stories in the collection are uniformly excellent, as well, although I would recommend saving "The Lottery" for last. It's by far the most horrific in the collection, but Jackson's satire can be just as brutal as her horror, and there is more than a little of the horror of everyday life sprinkled throughout the rest of these tales. A must-buy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Each writing is unique, though I can't really describe them as stories. They are more like dreams, the kind of vivid dream you wake up from and ask "What was that?!"Published 1 month ago by KA
I must confess that the only short story that I was enjoyed was The Lottery. Some other entries I found wondering why they had been written in the first place.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
These stories all have a classic Shirley Jackson aspect in common; you are transported to the time and place and become part of the story, and at the story`s end, you are left... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alex
I had read the Lottery a long time ago and wanted to share it with my class. The story is in the collection, along with others that I have not yet had the time to read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Angela L. Wylie
Her work still stands as one of the best ever written, even all these years later.Published 3 months ago by Sara F McBee
My first introduction to Shirley Jackson was via 1963's The Haunting. The whole spiral staircase thing really creeped me out as a kid. Read morePublished 3 months ago by From NJ
Most students read The Lottery is high school. It's a shame there is not more emphasis on assigning here other works. Try The Island-- fascinating. Read morePublished 4 months ago by LaurieHL
This is a book jam-packed with misanthropes. And yet, I believe the underlying thesis is that most of society is populated with misanthropes and monsters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fenrix