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The Lottery and Other Stories; The Haunting of Hill House; We Have Always Lived in the Castle
The Lottery and Other Stories The Haunting of Hill House We Have Always Lived in the Castle Author:Shirley Jackson Shirley Jackson's story "The Lottery" generated the largest volume of mail ever received by The New Yorker after its appearance there in 1948: responses ranged from "a little masterpiece" and "powerful and haunting" to "horrible" and "cancel my subscription." In subsequent years it has continued to spark controversy and inspire admiration - and ... more »terror - becoming perhaps the most famous short story of our time, required reading for many students, censored material for others. It is but a sample of Jackson's superb fiction collected in this special Quality Paperback Book Club edition.
The Lottery and Other Stories, twenty-five stories that range from domestic satire to the macabre, displays Jackson's wit and versatility. The Haunting of Hill House confirms her not only as a master at portraying the secret vagaries of the mind, but also as a brilliant stylist capable of injecting the conventions of horrow with a psychological complexity not encountered since Henry James. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is Jackson's most subtle work, a studied and compelling rendering of insanity that achieves its effect in part by drawing readers into the strangely routine world of its heroines before revealing the full horror of their existence.« less