Originally published in The New Yorker on June 26, 1948, Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery is one of the most controversial short stories the magazine has ever published, and has since been described as one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature.
Set on a beautiful Summer day in a rural farming community as villagers gather to observe an annual ritual in the town square, The Lottery portrays most townsfolk as demonstrating a mob mentality who abandon all reason. Written immediately after World War II, Shirley Jackson’s story is a cautionary tale, depicting the dangers of following traditions without thinking of the consequences, and the dark side of human nature.
Upon its publication, The New Yorker received more mail over Jackson’s chilling tale than any work of fiction they had ever published. Readers cancelled their subscriptions, citing the story as too “gruesome,” “perverted,” and “outrageous.”
Today, Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery is heralded as a symbolic tour de force, and one of the greatest achievements in the art of short fiction.
ABOUT THE EDITION
This fine press limited edition of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is presented in two states and is limited to two hundred and seventy-six copies. The edition measures 6” x 9” and features an exclusive introduction by Laurence Jackson Hyman, son of Shirley Jackson and four new full-color illustrations by award winning artist Miles Hyman, grandson of Shirley Jackson. This is the first stand-alone limited edition of The Lottery, and both editions are signed by Laurence Jackson Hyman and Miles Hyman.
The Numbered edition of 250 copies is a full marbled paper binding with a printed paper spine label. The marbled paper is handmade exclusively for this edition. Endsheets are Hahnemühle Ingres and the edition is printed letterpress on cotton mouldmade Frankfurt Zerkall paper. The edition is housed in a printed slipcase on laid paper featuring two additional illustrations by Miles Hyman which do not appear in the book.
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