The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

The Lottery and Other Stories

Shirley Jackson

302 pages first pub 1948 (editions)

fiction classics horror short stories dark mysterious medium-paced

Description

One of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker in 1948. Power and haunting, and nights of unrest were typical reader responses. Today i...

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Moods

dark 87%
mysterious 63%
tense 54%
reflective 32%
challenging 21%
emotional 18%
sad 15%
funny 12%
adventurous 3%
hopeful 1%
inspiring 1%
lighthearted 1%

Pace

medium 52%
fast 25%
slow 22%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 51% | Character: 26% | Plot: 13% | N/A: 8%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 42% | N/A: 23% | No: 22% | Yes: 10%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 46% | No: 36% | N/A: 12% | Yes: 4%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 57% | Yes: 18% | It's complicated: 14% | N/A: 9%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 43% | It's complicated: 34% | N/A: 14% | No: 7%

Average rating

3.92

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