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"I never was a person who wanted a handout. I was a cafeteria worker. I'm not too proud to ask the Best Western manager to give me a job. I have cleaned homes." -- Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson (December 14, 1916 — August 8, 1965) was an influential American author. A popular writer in her time, her work has received increasing attention from literary critics in recent years. She has influenced such writers as Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Nigel Kneale and Richard Matheson.

She is best known for the short story "The Lottery" (1948), which suggests a secret, sinister underside to bucolic small-town America. In her critical biography of Jackson, Lenemaja Friedman notes that when "The Lottery" was published in the June 26, 1948, issue of The New Yorker, it received a response that "no New Yorker story had ever received." Hundreds of letters poured in that were characterized by, as Jackson put it, "bewilderment, speculation and old-fashioned abuse."

In the July 22, 1948, issue of the San Francisco Chronicle Jackson offered the following in response to persistent queries from her readers about her intentions:
Explaining just what I had hoped the story to say is very difficult. I suppose, I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to shock the story's readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives.
Jackson's husband, the literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman, wrote in his preface to a posthumous anthology of her work that "she consistently refused to be interviewed, to explain or promote her work in any fashion, or to take public stands and be the pundit of the Sunday supplements. She believed that her books would speak for her clearly enough over the years." Hyman insisted the darker aspects of Jackson's works were not, as some critics claimed, the product of "personal, even neurotic, fantasies," but that Jackson intended, as "a sensitive and faithful anatomy of our times, fitting symbols for our distressing world of the concentration camp and the Bomb," to mirror humanity's Cold War-era fears. Jackson may even have taken pleasure in the subversive impact of her work, as evidenced by Hyman's statement that she "was always proud that the Union of South Africa banned 'The Lottery,' and she felt that they at least understood the story".

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Total Books: 181
The Haunting of Hill House A Novel
2019 - The Haunting of Hill House a Novel (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143134770
ISBN-10: 0143134779
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 1.5/5 Stars.

The Lottery and Other Stories
2019 - The Lottery and Other Stories [FSG Classics] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781250239365
ISBN-10: 1250239362
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Haunting of Hill House
2018 - The Haunting of Hill House [Movie Tie-In] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143134190
ISBN-10: 0143134191
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Haunting of Hill House Now the Inspiration for a New Netflix Original Series
Dark Tales
2017 - Dark Tales (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143132004
ISBN-10: 0143132008
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle
2016 - We Have Always Lived in the Castle [Penguin Orange Collection] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143129547
ISBN-10: 0143129546
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Let Me Tell You New Stories Essays and Other Writings
2016 - Let Me Tell You New Stories Essays and Other Writings (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780812987324
ISBN-10: 0812987322
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Raising Demons
2015 - Raising Demons (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143127291
ISBN-10: 0143127292
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.

Life Among the Savages
2015 - Life Among the Savages (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143128045
ISBN-10: 0143128043
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

The Lotteryand Other Stories
2014 - The Lotteryand Other Stories (Audio CD)Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781483033334
ISBN-10: 1483033333
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Witchcraft of Salem Village
2014 - The Witchcraft of Salem VIllage (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781483033402
ISBN-10: 1483033406
Genre: Children's Books

The Bird's Nest
2014 - The Bird's Nest [Penguin Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143107033
ISBN-10: 0143107038
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

The Sundial
2014 - The Sundial [Penguin Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143107064
ISBN-10: 0143107062
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2013 - Hangsaman (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143107040
ISBN-10: 0143107046
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

The Road Through the Wall
2013 - The Road Through the Wall (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143107057
ISBN-10: 0143107054
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

Come Along with Me Classic Short Stories and an Unfinished Novel
2013 - Come Along with Me Classic Short Stories and an Unfinished Novel [Penguin Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143107118
ISBN-10: 0143107119
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Tooth
2011 - The Tooth [Penguin Mini Modern Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780141195995
ISBN-10: 0141195991
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Shirley Jackson Novels and Stories
2010 - Shirley Jackson Novels and Stories [Library of America] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781598530728
ISBN-10: 1598530720
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

The Lottery
2008 - The Lottery [Creative Short Stories] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9781583415849
ISBN-10: 158341584X
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

Jacob Imagined
2007 - Jacob Imagined (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781425965617
ISBN-10: 142596561X

Junior Great Books
2006 - Junior Great Books [Junior Great Books: Series 6] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781933147079
ISBN-10: 1933147075
Genre: Children's Books

2006 - Selected Shorts Timeless Classics [Selected Shorts series] (Audio CD)
2003 - My Tick Tock Day [Start School S.] (Paperback)
2003 - Ready for School [Start School] (Paperback)
2002 - The Haunting [Thorndike Press Large Print Perennial Bestsellers Series] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
2001 - Shirley Jackson Collected Short Stories [The Great Author Series] (Hardcover)
2001 - Happy Family [Read with Ladybird] (Hardcover)
2001 - Rollercoaster Ride [Read with Ladybird] (Hardcover)
2001 - Mystery Tour [Read with Ladybird] (Hardcover)Hardcover
2001 - My Favourite Colour [Read with Ladybird] (Hardcover)
2001 - My Mum Is Mad [Read with Ladybird] (Hardcover)
2001 - Under the Sky [Read with Ladybird] (Hardcover)
2001 - Whoops There Go My Trousers [Read with Ladybird] (Hardcover)
2001 - Football Frenzy [Read with Ladybird] (Hardcover)
2001 - School Photograph [Read with Ladybird] (Hardcover)
2001 - Famous Stories of Surprise [Lernmaterialien] (Paperback)
1998 - Stuck in the Mud [Read with Ladybird S.] (Hardcover)
1998 - Monkey Business [Read with Ladybird S.] (Hardcover)Hardcover
1998 - Little Too Late [Read with Ladybird S.] (Hardcover)
1998 - Tiger Clouds [Read with Ladybird S.] (Hardcover)
1998 - Monster Haircut [Read with Ladybird S.] (Hardcover)
1998 - Quiet Night Out [Read with Ladybird S.] (Hardcover)
1998 - Now It's Your Turn [Read with Ladybird S.] (Hardcover)
1998 - Seaside Surprise [Read with Ladybird S.] (Hardcover)
1998 - Off to School [Read with Ladybird S.] (Hardcover)Hardcover
1997 - My Dad Can't Dance [Read with Ladybird S.] (Hardcover)Hardcover
1997 - The Dark Descent [Dark Descent] (Paperback)Hardcover
1976 - Sundial (Hardcover)
1963 - L69 Witchcraft Salem [Landmark Books] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
Wasdag [Vlak a Boek 4] (Hardcover)
Charles [Tale Blazers] (Paperback)Hardcover
One Ordinary Day with Peanuts [Creative Short Stories] (Hardcover)Hardcover