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The Lottery


First published in 1948, “The Lottery” was Shirley Jackson’s most famous short story.  It was part of her collection of short stories with that same title.  “The Lottery” is a suspense/horror tale that revolves around an ancient ritual practiced in a small town in New England.   Mob psychology, sacrifices, and scapegoats form the core elements of this story.



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PR830 .T3
  • PS374 .D4
  • PS3519 .A392
  • PZ7 .J138



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Bakerman, Jane S. (Ed.). And Then There Were Nine … More Women of Mystery. 1985.

                    Call Number: PS374 .D4 A54 1985

  • Bloom, Harold (Ed.). Modern Horror Writers. 1995.

                  Call Number: PR830 .T3 M65 1995

  • Bloom, Harold (Ed.). Shirley Jackson. 2001.

                 Call Number: PS3519 .A392 Z85 2001

  •  Hall, Joan Wylie. Shirley Jackson: A Study of the Short Fiction. 1993.

                Call Number: PS3519 .A392 Z69 1993

  •  Jackson, Shirley. The Lottery. 1983.

                  Call Number: PZ7 .J138  Lo 1983



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  •  Lottery (Title)
  • Jackson, Shirley (Subject)



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary Criticism.Call Number: REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 11, pg. 302

o   Vol. 60, pgs. 211-216, 218, 221, 224-230, 232, 235-238

o   Vol. 87, pgs. 222-235

  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction. Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001

o   Vol. 3, pgs. 1277-1278

  • Masterplots II: Short Story Series (Revised Edition).Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 2004

o   Vol. 5, pgs. 2450-2452

  • Short Story Criticism. –  Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 9, pgs. 249-270

o   Vol. 39, pgs. 181-235

  • Short Stories for Students.Call Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 1, pgs. 139-154



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  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale



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