Friday, June 26, 2015

'The Lottery' is First Published

The short story, "The Lottery" was first published on June 25, 1948 in The New Yorker.
June 26, 1948
The genuinely creepy, "The Lottery," a short story by Shirley Jackson, was first published on this day in 1948 in an issue of The New Yorker. The story of a unlucky woman who wins a small town’s lottery and gets stoned to death because of it, is considered one of the most famous short stories in American history. Some have described the story as "a chilling tale of conformity gone mad." Although well written, initial response to the story was negative and reportedly surprised the author as well as The New Yorker. Readers canceled their subscriptions and the publication received hate mail throughout that summer.