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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 collection of stories 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.

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Weight 10.24 oz
Dimensions 8.34 × 5.5 × .82 in
Author(s)Shirley Jackson
Publisher(s)Farrar, Straus And Giroux
Year of Publication2005