What are some short stories written by Shirley Jackson?


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Shirley Jackson's short stories include "The Lottery," "The Daemon Lover," "Pillar of Salt," "Seven Types of Ambiguity," and "After You, My Dear Alphonse." These and other stories — 25 total — were included in Jackson's 1949 volume "The Lottery and Other Stories."

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Shirley Jackson's best known short story is "The Lottery," published in The New Yorker in 1948. The story is about a public stoning in a small town, and its controversial content provoked hundreds of people to send letters to The New Yorker asking for an explanation of the story's meaning. Jackson continued to publish short stories in journals and magazines, and her tales of psychological horror received high praise from critics.

Born in 1916, Shirley Jackson established a reputation as a top American horror writer before her death at age 48 in 1965. In addition to her short stories, she published six novels, including "Hangsaman," "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" and "The Haunting of Hill House." After graduating from Syracuse University, Jackson married literary critic and professor Stanley Edgar Hyman, with whom she had four children. Although she is best known for her work in the horror genre, she also wrote memoirs of domestic life, including "Life Among the Savages" and "Raising Demons."

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