Shirley Jackson's Most Famous Work
Shirley Jackson's Best Know Works are the novels The House on Haunted Hill, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and her famous short story, "The Lottery".
She was born in San Francisco in 1916 and died in North Bennington, Vermont in 1965
She was married to Stanley Edgar Hyman, a well know literary critic and cultural historian, from 1940 to 1965. They had four children.
"The Lottery" is the most famous work of Shirley Jsckson. After initial publication in The New Yorker June 26, 1948 more letters were received about it by any other story in the history of the magazine. Everyone wanted to know what the story meant and nearly seventy years later that was my reaction after reading this amazing, seemingly simple story. It is one of the most anthlozied American short stories.
The story has a Hawthorne like feel. I don't want to at all spoil the story for first time readers. The story can be seen in a multitude of fashions as a commentary on religious beliefs, plotical structures and societies.
This a great story, deeply intriguing.
I am glad I have at last read "The Lottery".
I learned in Ruth Franklin's very good biography of Jackson that she got to almost hate the story from so many people demanding she explain the meaning behind the work.
Please share with us your reaction to "The Lottery".