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The woman who shocked America: Shirley Jackson


Never has the power of literature been better demonstrated than with Shirley Jackson’s short story, The Lottery. The New Yorker magazine printed the story in June 1948 and were stunned by the response. Readers cancelled their subscriptions and hate mail poured in. Today, this story is taught in schools and Jackson’s work is highly influential. There’s a lot more to Jackson than just The Lottery but this short story has its own place in literary history.

Read about the day when an author shocked a nation.

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