The Lottery and Other Stories

The Lottery and Other Stories

By Shirley Jackson; A. M. Homes (Introduction by)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Paperback, 9780374529536, 320pp.

Publication Date: March 16, 2005


A reissue of the masterful short story, coinciding with the publication of the graphic adaptation of its title story

One of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" created a sensation when it was first published in 1948. 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" collection combines "The Lottery" with twenty-four stories encompassing the hilarious and the horrible, the unsettling and the ominous.

About the Author
Shirley Jackson, born in 1919, was the author of numerous books, including "Hangsman," "Life Among the Savages," and "We Have Always Lived in the Castle," For the last twenty years of her life, until her death in 1965, she lived in North Bennington, Vermont.

A.M. Homes is the author of the novels The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the short-story collection The Safety of Objects and the artist's book Appendix A. Her fiction has been translated into eight languages, and she is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her fiction and nonfiction appear in magazines such as The New Yorker and Artforum, among others, and she is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Mirabella, Bomb, Blind Spot, and Story. She teaches in the writing programs at Columbia University and The New School and lives in New York City.

Praise For The Lottery and Other Stories

"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