The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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Writer Shirley Jackson was born in 1916 in San Francisco, California. Among her early works was "The Lottery".Do not be fooled by this name.The Lottery was the highly controversial and famous tale about a village that partakes in an annual death ritual. On June 26, 1948, subscribers to The New Yorker received a new issue of the magazine in the mail. There was nothing to outwardly indicate that it would be any different, or any more special, than any other issue. But inside was a story that editors at the magazine would, more than half a century later, call “ perhaps themost controversial short story The New Yorker has ever published”: Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”.Now a classic, the story about a small New England village whose residents follow an annual rite in which they draw slips of paper until, finally, one of them is selected to be stoned to death, caused an immediate outcry when it was published, and gave Jackson literary notoriety. “It was not my first published story, nor my last,” the writer said in a 1960 lecture “but I have been assured over and over that if it had been the only story I ever wrote and published, there would still be people who would not forget my name.” Shirley Jackson dug deep, or did she, to find a dark side that leads the reader down a road of uncertainty and intrigue.The misleading name, “The Lottery” would give one the impression there is a prize involved for the winner, as Jackson describes the morning and the arrival of each villager. An

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