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Shirley Jackson

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Transcript of Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson
The Life of Shirley Jackson
Shirley was born in San Francisco, California in 1916. She spent her childhood in nearby Burlingame, California, where she began writing poetry and short stories. She met her future husband at Syracuse University. Together they founded a literary magazine, Spectre. Both graduated in 1940 and immediately got married. In 1944 Jackson’s short story “Come Dance With Me in Ireland” was chosen for Best American Short Stories. Shirley and her husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman, had four children.

Shirley Jackson wrote “The Lottery” in 1948. The New Yorker published Jackson’s iconic story. “The Lottery” generated the largest volume of mail ever received by the magazine. On August 8, at the age of 48, Shirley Jackson died unexpectedly of heart failure during her usual afternoon nap.
"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson
"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson is my all time favorite short story. At the beginning it's a generic story about people winning the lottery, but at the end you are shocked by the person who is picked is killed. I love the irony in the story when Mr. Hutchinson gets the black dot and you think it's good then Mrs. Hutchinson starts claiming it's not fair. The story is some what twisted, but I think I was very engrossed while reading.
The Theme of Shirley Jackson's Short Stories
The Life of Shirley Jackson

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<http://shirleyjackson.org/>
"Biography of Shirley Jackson (1916-1965)." Biography of Shirley Jackson. Web. 22 Oct. 2013.
<http://www.gradesaver.com/author/shirley-jackson/>
“Shirley Jackson.” Shirley Jackson. Web. 22 Oct. 2013.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_Jackson: >
“Spark Notes.” The Lottery. Web. 22 Oct 2013.
<http://www.sparknotes.com/short-stories/the-lottery/characters.html>


After reading "Charles", "The Witch", and "The Lottery" I noticed that she pulls you into the story making you believe what's going on. You are so drawn in and then you are completely shocked by following actions. For example, in "The Lottery" I thought that they had won the lottery, but then she ends up getting stoned to death by the villagers.
Shirley Jackson was fascinated by witchcraft and had a library of around 500 books on the subject.
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