Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson (1919-65) was born in California, but spent most of her adult life on the East Coast. She wrote essays, short stories and novels. Her ‘dark’ novels, which typically include at least one violent death and have an atmosphere of mystery and horror, often deal with the supernatural.
She is best known for her short stories. “The Lottery”, which is considered one of the most haunting and shocking American short stories, appeared in The New Yorker in June 1948, and, like many of her short stories, was dramatized for radio and television. When the short story was published, it created quite a stir, and readers cancelled their subscriptions to The New Yorker and sent hate mail throughout the summer. In 1960 Shirley Jackson gave a lecture entitled “Biography of a Story”, in which she talked about the reception of “The Lottery”.