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The Lottery and Other Stories

The Lottery and Other Stories

Collects The Lottery , one of the most terrifying stories written in the twentieth century, as well as twenty-four equally unusual stories.

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ISBN 9780141191430
Barcode 9780141191430
Published 9 November 2009 by Penguin
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Jackson, Shirley
Series Penguin Modern Classics (part: 830)
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Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9780141191430
ISBN-10 0141191430
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Classics
Publication Date 9 November 2009
International Publication Date 1 October 2009
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Jackson, Shirley
Series Penguin Modern Classics (part: 830)
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 236g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Horror tales, American
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code PENGU

Description of this Book

The Lottery , one of the most terrifying stories written in the twentieth century, created a sensation when it was published in 1948. Today it is considered a classic work of short fiction, remarkable for its combination of subtle suspense and pitch-perfect descriptions of both the chilling and the mundane. This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson's lifetime, unites The Lottery with twenty-four equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate Jackson's remarkable range - encompassing the hilarious and the horrible, the unsettling and the ominous - as well as her power as a storyteller.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Shirley Jackson's stories are among the most terrifying ever written -- Donna Tartt An amazing writer ... If you haven't read We Have Always Lived in the Castle or The Haunting of Hill House or any of her short stories you have missed out on something marvellous -- Neil Gaiman Her stories are stunning, timeless - as relevant and terrifying now as when they were first published ... 'The Lottery' is so much an icon in the history of the American short story that one could argue it has moved from the canon of American twentieth-century fiction directly into the American psyche, our collective unconscious -- A. M. Homes One of the twentieth century's most luminous and strange American writers -- Jonathan Lethem
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Shirley Jackson was born in California in 1916. When her short story 'The Lottery? was first published in The New Yorker in 1948, readers were so horrified they sent her hate mail; it has since become one of the most iconic American stories of all time. Her first novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published in the same year and was followed by five more- Hangsaman, The Bird's Nest, The Sundial, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, widely seen as her masterpiece. In addition to her dark, brilliant novels, she wrote lightly fictionalized magazine pieces about family life with her four children and her husband, the critic Stanley Edgar Hyman. Shirley Jackson died in her sleep in 1965 at the age of 48.

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