The Lottery

The Lottery (1948)

Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson’s most famous short story, a perennial favorite of high school literature teachers, is a highly regarded fantasy about a small rural village clinging to an ancient and cruel tradition to ensure the quality of the year’s crop. Well-written and horrific, if not as satisfying as some of the author’s subtler contemporary horror tales.

Reviewed by: Nat Hocken

Rating: 5

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