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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - First Edition - 1949 - from 1st Editions and Antiquarian Books, ABA, IOBA and

The Lottery

by Shirley Jackson

Condition: Very Good/Good

Farrar Straus and Company, 1949. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. Farrar Straus and Company, New York 1949.. First Edition / First Printing / First Issue. Publisher's letters FS on the copyright page. Cloth boards. First Issue jacket priced at $2.75 at the front flap. Book Condition: Very Good+, light shelf wear, light spots. Light stain at the spine, light age toning at the endpaper. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+, shelf wear, chipping. Short tears, light spots, light stain at the jacket spine. Wrapped in a new removable mylar cover.

Book summary

The Lottery was first published in 1949, and has been shivering the spines of readers ever since.

In this short story, we see an idyllic village with a common green where the townspeople are gathering in a hum of excitement, and we learn that they are about to draw for their annual lottery.  The winner of the lottery faces an interesting experience...

This sinister look at the nature of humanity and traditions of old is a high school English literature standard.


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