Monday, August 8, 2011

On August 8

On this day in ...
... 1965, Shirley Jackson (left) died in Vermont, from an apparent heart attack. (photo credit) Born 45 years earlier in San Francisco, Jackson enjoyed renown as the author of ghost tales and Gothic novels; her best known work is the short story "The Lottery," which appeared in a 1948 edition of the New Yorker. As described in her obituary, it is a "dark and sinister story, opening on a quiet note," which relates,

'with mounting suspense, an annual village lottery to select a ritual victim to be put to death by stoning. The excitement is all in the selection of the woman's name from slips of paper in a black box.'

(Prior August 8 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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