Thursday, March 27, 2014

Journey #91 - The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (presented by NBC Short Story)

The residents of an idyllic small town gather once a year to take part in the lottery.

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Shirley Jackson was a popular and controversial American author, who was born in December 14, 1916. She is best known for the short story The Lottery (1948).  She is also well known for the 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House, which was adapted in the 1963 Robert Wise film The Haunting.  She has influenced such writers as Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Nigel Kneale, and Richard Matheson.

Jackson's husband, the literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman, wrote that "she consistently refused to be interviewed, to explain or promote her work in any fashion...She believed that her books would speak for her clearly enough over the years."

NBC Presents: Short Story was a half-hour program offering dramatizations of contemporary American short stories by famed writers such as William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, and Ray Bradbury. The series premiered February 21, 1951 on NBC and ran in three different incarnations until May 30, 1952.

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