The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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A small town holds a very special lottery and people were super mad about it.


1981 - Minnesota - the film version of the story was banned in Forest Lake but reinstated by U. S. District Court Judge

South Africa - Country banned the story as it attacked reliance on traditional values and blindly following traditions, such as apartheid

Readers of the New Yorker responded more to this story than any story previously published in a largely negative fashion. Subscriptions were cancelled, and most mail expressed both confusion and anger.


Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Franklin, Ruth. "“The Lottery” Letters." New Yorker. 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2018 from

McCarthy, Erin. "11 Facts About Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"." Mental Floss. Retrieved January 27, 2018 from

Jackson, Shirley. "The Lottery." The Lottery and Other Stories. Modern Library. New York, 1949.

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