The Lottery and Seven Other Stories

The Lottery and Seven Other Stories

Shirley Jackson Carol Jordan Stewart / Apr 03, 2020

The Lottery and Seven Other Stories Who can forget the first time they heard the story Considered one of the masterpieces of American literature The Lottery created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker Since then i

  • Title: The Lottery and Seven Other Stories
  • Author: Shirley Jackson Carol Jordan Stewart
  • ISBN: 9781572700512
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Audio
  • Who can forget the first time they heard the story Considered one of the masterpieces of American literature, The Lottery created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker Since then it has become one of the most anthologized stories in American literature Powerful and haunting, subtle and horrifying, the tale demonstrates Shirley Jackson s mastery ofWho can forget the first time they heard the story Considered one of the masterpieces of American literature, The Lottery created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker Since then it has become one of the most anthologized stories in American literature Powerful and haunting, subtle and horrifying, the tale demonstrates Shirley Jackson s mastery of storytelling This one of a kind audio collection, from the only anthology published during the author s lifetime, unites The Lottery with seven other equally unique stories Jackson reveals the hidden evils of the human mind and society in these compelling stories Carol Stewart, an award winning reader, combines her extensive background as a voice talent for audiobooks with her deft sense of delivery, tone, and pacing to illuminate Jackson s uncommon characters and storytelling artistry Winner of the 1998 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award for short stories, chosen for content, narration, production values, packaging.nstrates the vitality of what this still growing industry has to offer 2 cassettes.

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        Shirley Jackson was an influential American author A popular writer in her time, her work has received increasing attention from literary critics in recent years She has influenced such writers as Stephen King, Nigel Kneale, and Richard Matheson.She is best known for her dystopian short story, The Lottery 1948 , which suggests there is a deeply unsettling underside to bucolic, smalltown America In her critical biography of Shirley Jackson, Lenemaja Friedman notes that when Shirley Jackson s story The Lottery was published in the June 28, 1948, issue of The New Yorker, it received a response that no New Yorker story had ever received Hundreds of letters poured in that were characterized by, as Jackson put it, bewilderment, speculation and old fashioned abuse Jackson s husband, the literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman, wrote in his preface to a posthumous anthology of her work that she consistently refused to be interviewed, to explain or promote her work in any fashion, or to take public stands and be the pundit of the Sunday supplements She believed that her books would speak for her clearly enough over the years Hyman insisted the darker aspects of Jackson s works were not, as some critics claimed, the product of personal, even neurotic, fantasies , but that Jackson intended, as a sensitive and faithful anatomy of our times, fitting symbols for our distressing world of the concentration camp and the Bomb , to mirror humanity s Cold War era fears Jackson may even have taken pleasure in the subversive impact of her work, as revealed by Hyman s statement that she was always proud that the Union of South Africa banned The Lottery , and she felt that they at least understood the story.In 1965, Jackson died of heart failure in her sleep, at her home in North Bennington Vermont, at the age of 48.


    1. “Grace Paley once described the male-female writer phenomenon to me by saying,’Women have always done men the favor of reading their work, but the men have not returned the favor.’” I do believe that Miss Jackson was making a very pointed comment about male readers. I don’t consciously think about reading a male or female writer, but I know that I do read more male writers. I went back and looked at the last thirty books I’ve read:22 male writers 73%8 female writers 27%I wasn’t exp [...]

    2. The one thing that really stands out about this collection of Shirley Jackson stories is this: the subtlety.It's not over the top horror in any shape or fashion. Rather, it's regular folk doing regular things and as we peel back layers and layers to their surroundings or their individual psyches, everything twists subtly. The normal quickly becomes a twilight zone nightmare even if it's only a tiny little thing that's changed.A dog caught killing chickens. *shiver* My goodness, that one killed m [...]

    3. The Lottery is by far the best story in this collection, which made the process of reading all of the other stories a bit of a drag at times, but overall I enjoyed this! A lot of Jackson's stories tackle big issues like racism and mental illness really effortlessly, and I loved that. Plenty of them were also super dark and twisted but in Jackson's classic, understated and simple style, which made for a fun, creepy read at times. I definitely prefer Shirley Jackson's novels, but this makes a grea [...]

    4. After reading all these seemingly disconnected tales of hush-hush Terror, evidently some pattern arises. This chain of stories is where I found the masterpiece existing at the very core of the "Novel."Never before has subtlety been so effective. In a "masterpiece of the macabre", a few corpses, ghosts, demons should make cameos, surely. Nah-ah. Not true here.Shirley Jackson is also the author of "The Haunting of Hill House," a haunted house tale that suggests rather than shows like all the "good [...]

    5. My 1949 Avon paperback - it originally sold for 35 cents! - seems to be pushing Shirley Jackson as H.P. Lovecraft with ovaries. The cover proclaims 'A study in nightmares-by the most haunting writer of this generation' It's even subtitled 'Adventures of the Demon Lover'. Anyone who's ever read that story knows the lover in that tale is more scoundrel than demon. Whatever it takes to sell books, I suppose.Jackson's characters do more than throw stones at one another. Their cutting, thoughtless re [...]

    6. Very rarely does one find a short story collection where all stories are above average. Kudos to Ms. Jackson for producing a collection where all are excellent, and some really outstanding. I wonder whether it is possible to fall in love with a lady who passed away when one was scarcely two years old? If so, I'm in love with Shirley.The title story needs no introduction: in fact, this is the one which first led me to Shirley Jackson (and The Haunting of Hill House, which so far I've not been abl [...]

    7. Recently, I've read a number of short stories with the intention of cutting down my huge reading pile and I've been largely disappointed. Particularly by common favourites like Edgar Allan Poe and his many famous horror tales - I was surprised to find them rather lacking.The Lottery, however, is one of the best short stories I've read. It's very rare that I would give five stars to a short story because I reserve the top rating for meaty, well-rounded, often complex and/or clever novels, so a fo [...]

    8. Let us speak of the Lottery.Let us speak of the Lottery in such a way that the conversation here will "age badly", because lo and behold another legality will indict those who destroy property and declare innocent those who destroy lives and render this specific commentary out of date. Let us speak of a very US-centric issue of race and murder and the hallowed halls of police brutality and of Justice founded on the single principle of the Lottery. Let us speak of a time where the laws may have b [...]

    9. I--The Intoxicated--The Daemon Lover--Like Mother Used To Make--Trial By Combat--The Villager--My Life With R. H. MacyII--The Witch--The Renegade--After You, My Dear Alphonse--Charles--Afternoon In Linen--Flower Garden--Dorothy And My Grandmother And The SailorsIII--Colloquy--Elizabeth--A Fine Old Firm--The Dummy--Seven Types Of Ambiguity--Come Dance With Me In IrelandIV--Of Course--Pillar Of Salt--Men With Their Big Shoes--The Tooth--Got A Letter From Jimmy--The LotteryV--Epilogue

    10. 3.5 stars!It's no secret that I love Shirley Jackson. I have been known to engage reviewers about what I consider to be less than awesome ratings for The Haunting of Hill House and/or We Have Always Lived in the Castle. One of the things I'm always honest about is books, and despite the fact that this book was written by Shirley, I wasn't crazy about it.I was aware going in that this was not a collection of horror tales, though certainly, some of them are horrific. Even so, I didn't find a point [...]

    11. My personal favourites of this collection:The IntoxicatedLike Mother Used to MakeThe WitchCharlesFlower GardenSeven Types of AmbiguityCome Dance with Me in IrelandOf CourseMen with Their Big Shoesand of courseThe Lottery (it still stuns)Every one of the stories in this collection is well worth your time, but of course we all have our favourites. Wonder what yours will be.

    12. Read this book for one reaction: gasping "whaaaaaat!" or perhaps "whaaaaat?" (punctuation varies) after reading the final sentence of every story.Shirley Jackson is the indisputable master of the "whaaaaaat!/?" Some stories end ambiguously, leaving you scrambling back through the pages searching for a clue or alternately racing to open Google to read others' wise analyses. Other stories end completely and absolutely unambiguously, leaving you to question not what actually happened but to wonder [...]

    13. What do you call a person who can be in the middle of a party crowd and feel desperately lonely? A person who wants a partner but floats somewhere even outside the Friend-Zone with everyone? Those who never fit in.ose who don't have a "real" life.ose who live in a fantasy world all their own.e outsiders who let themselves be used and abused by others? What word symbolizes their lives? Disenfranchised? Socially inept? Abnormal? Invisible people? Weird? Weak? Unusual? Different? Oh holy F.ere is n [...]

    14. Well, who couldn't love this collection? There may be some who, knowing "The Lottery" and Ms. Jackson's reputation for that classic tale and a handful of other "weird stories", and with no thanks to the packaging ("a literary sorceress" proclaims the back, "the most haunting writer of our time" proclaims the front), come to this expecting it to be all strange and weird, if not actual horror. And they would be disappointed, because the majority of the stories here are literary first and foremost, [...]

    15. January 2009I picked this up last year to read "The Lottery," (more on that below) and I was so impressed I couldn't justify reading the rest of the collection for free. Scouted around for a few months, bought a nice copy, finally got around to reading it, and here we are.The Lottery and Other Stories is an unusual and slightly unsettling collection of stories (Including the title story and twenty-four others), many dealing with strange victories and defeats, wise children and stupid adults, nor [...]

    16. "25 Demonic Stories", my arse!I am so utterly disappointed!I picked up this book because I expected it to contain a bunch of creepy short stories, as the subtitle suggests. I was in the right mood for something slightly scary, but what I got was just a collection of short stories of almost normal everyday life:- Two little girls who get talked into believing that sailors on shore leave are bad guys - not creepy!- A man who invites his neighbor over for dinner, and when another visitor appears, t [...]

    17. I loved most of these stories but I love Jackson's style most of all. A few tales in here left me wanting more and had me turning back the pages for a reread but overall a stellar collection of strange tales. My favourites were:The Daemon LoverTrial by CombatMy Life With R.H. MacyThe WitchThe RenegadeCharlesThe Flower GardenSeven Types of AmbiguityOf CoursePillar of SaltThe ToothGot a Letter from JimmyAnd, of course The LotteryI would highly recommend Jackson's short stories to anyone.

    18. What a great collection! Some of my favorite short stories were: Charles (very cheeky and funny), Flower Garden (great psychological piece about racism and prejudice), The Tooth (very weird and surreal) and obviously, The Lottery, which is such a classic that everyone should have read and that apparently inspired The Hunger Games. Can't wait to read more of Shirley Jackson's writing!

    19. In Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery, though the stoning reminds us of the Old Testament punishment, its original intent has long been forgotten. We view with horror at the barbarity and insanity of the custom, just as we consider the Romans barbaric for entertaining themselves with gladiators. But perhaps a visitor to the U.S. without previous exposure may find American football, shoulders banging into heads and players piling on top of each other, also “barbaric and insane.”Shirley JacksonWe [...]

    20. Tales from an unknowable world. The older I become the more apparent is that one generation can't truly understand what life was like two generations prior. We understand it in a vague historical sense, and from the inescapable things that bind humans, like eating and sleeping, but like Yoda might say, "Grok it, you do not."We can somewhat understand our parent's time from the memories of early childhood, but can we truly understand what it was like to only use an outhouse? To trek outside in th [...]

    21. I think this is the first time I gave a short story collection five stars, but damn, this collection was amazing. My third Shirley Jackson -after We Have Always Lived In The Castle and Let Me Yell You- and she keeps impressing me. Even though the stories are short, you feel like you know the characters; you know how they think and act, you know their traits. These are not your typical horror stories, with ghosts or murderous clowns, but stories about the scary sides of humankind while creeping u [...]

    22. The Lottery is one of my favorite short stories. It is so twisted, like The Crucible, I think it is a great commentary on how groups of people are infinitely more dangerous than individuals because mass hysteria, dogmatic thinking, and a lack of personal responsibility prevents anyone from speaking out against atrocities.

    23. Please note that I gave this book 3.5 stars, however, I rounded it up to 4 stars on .Although I liked this collection of short stories, I am not going to lie, I was pretty disappointed that they were not horror stories. And I am even puzzled at people claiming these are Gothic stories too.Some of the stories I think danced towards that genre, and others were firmly not at all. I think if you ignore that aspect of the book and just focused on the stories you can see a pattern emerging though. The [...]

    24. I found it really hard to rate this collection of short stories. I thought some of the stories were great, some were good, and some were a bit dull. My favourites were the ones that poked fun at the hypocrisy of social norms and etiquette, especially those with children who gleefully refused to play along.

    25. Review in English below.Reseña en español en el blog: Click aquí. (Atención: la reseña contiene lenguaje sumamente grosero y otras muestras de ira por parte del autor, se sugiere que los menores de edad la lean en compañía de un adulto responsable (?)1° nominado al Premio Stephenie Meyer de 2016. Shirley Jackson va por la revancha este año.That's it! I'm done reading Shirley Jackson. I can't understand how her stories have such a high praise from other horrors authors, clearly I must be [...]

    26. Many people have spoken on the chilling qualities of Shirley Jackson's work. Myself, I just don't see it. I'll confess to being predisposed away from short stories; I find their brevity unsatisfying. Even taking that into account, however, I didn't find The Lottery: And Other Stories to be very entertaining. Some of the stories might have grabbed me if they were expanded, giving me time to bond with the characters and come to care what happened to them. As it stands, the book struck me as being [...]

    27. Shirley Jackson gives readers glimpses into the exceptional aspects of ordinary lives and events. Her unusual style runs consistently through 25 stories in this 300-page book, stories ranging from four to 22 pages each. Though sometimes categorized under horror, this collection contains little of that genre. The exception is The Lottery, ten pages that anticipate Stephen King. But people focus too much on it. Far and away, the stories involve a moment -- an instant of realization during the ordi [...]

    28. Shirley Jackson is my favorite author. I love her short stories in particular, where she creates scenarios where everything might seem cozy and normal and very laid-back for about 2 minutes. Then she moves over into mankind's sneakier nature, which for the suthor is either a very amusing thing or a very frigtening thing. And always a surprise. I liked the short story "The Lottery" a lot, but my favorites in this collection are "Like My Mother Used to Make" and "Trial by Combat". She honored real [...]

    29. An absolutely fantastic collection of 25 psychologically thrilling short-stories that will leave you wondering and pondering for days after Brilliant collection by a brilliant writer!

    30. I actually didn't read all the stories,I ran out of time. But I read most of them. Lottery was the star of this collection. It might've been a mistake to read it first,because after that the other stories just didn't feel like much. That doesn't mean they weren't good though. Lottery is just such a powerful story,the others couldn't quite compare to it. I love Jackson's writing. I think I'd enjoy reading her shopping list! The stories didn't have a theme,like I kinda expected them to have. After [...]

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