This study guide will help you analyse the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. You can also find a summary of the text, as well as inspiration for interpreting it.
Presentation of the text
Title: “The Lottery” (1948)
Author: Shirley Hardie Jackson
Genre: Short story
Shirley Jackson (1919-1965) was an American writer of short stories and novels. She also published two memoirs. Jackson is known especially for her works of mystery and horror. Jackson’s 1959 novel “The Haunting of Hill House” is widely considered one of the best horror novels ever written.
The short story “The Lottery” first appeared in The New Yorker magazine in June 1948. Its publication received unexpected attention from the readership. The magazine reportedly received a large amount of phone calls and letters from readers who demanded the story to be explained. Others cancelled their subscription to The New Yorker or sent hate mail to both the magazine and the writer.
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