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The Lottery
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The Lottery

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Author: Shirley Jackson
Publisher: New Yorker, 1948
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Book Type: Short Story
Genre: Horror
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"The Lottery" is a short story written by Shirley Jackson, first published in the June 26, 1948 issue of The New Yorker. It has been described as "one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature".

The story describes a fictional small town in contemporary America which observes an annual rite known as "the lottery". The purpose of the lottery is to choose a human sacrificial victim to be stoned to death to ensure the community's continued well being.

It has been anthologized many times, and can also be found in the collection The Lottery and Other Stories.

It was the basis for the 1996 TV Movie The Lottery.


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