The Lottery and Other Stories, the only one 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.
"Our house," writes Jackson, "is old, noisy, and full. When we moved into it we had two children and about five thousand books; I expect that when we finally overflow and move out again we will have perhaps twenty children and easily half a million books." Jackson's literary talents are in evidence everywhere, as is her trenchant, unsentimental wit. Yet there is no mistaking the happiness and love in these pages, which are crowded with the raucous voices of an extraordinary family living a wonderfully ordinary life.
Continuously in print since 1948, Jackson's Haunting of Hill House has been bought by Dreamworks.
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 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.