Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery": The Authorized Graphic Adaptation (Paperback)

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The Shirley Jackson Centennial began in December, but my enthusiasm for her works is perpetual. While fellow-enthusiasts, including Charlaine Harris, Jonathan Maberry, and Grady Hendrix, usually know a broad spectrum of Jackson’s works, some readers have only encountered one or two of her stories, often having memories of reading “The Lottery” for a school assignment. I strongly recommend checking out this engaging adaptation by Jackson’s grandson Hyman, whether you are revisiting a favorite or entering her world of subtle horror for the first time. Also available: Ruth Franklin’s recent biography of Jackson; We Have Always Lived in the Castle t-shirts from Out of Print, and more! Check out my Staff Picks shelf.

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The classic short story--now in full color

Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" continues to thrill and unsettle readers nearly seven decades after it was first published. By turns puzzling and harrowing, it raises troubling questions about conformity, tradition, and the specter of ritualized violence that haunts even the most bucolic, peaceful village. This graphic adaptation, published in time for Jackson's centennial, allows readers to experience "The Lottery" as never before, or discover it anew. The visual artist--and Jackson's grandson--Miles Hyman has crafted an eerie vision of the hamlet where the tale unfolds, its inhabitants, and the unforgettable ritual they set into motion. His four-color, meticulously detailed panels create a noirish atmosphere that adds a new dimension of dread to the original tale. Perfectly timed to the current resurgence of interest in Jackson and her work, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery": The Authorized Graphic Adaptation masterfully reimagines her iconic story with a striking visual narrative.

About the Author

Miles Hyman studied literature as well as printmaking at Wesleyan University before attending the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He specializes in graphic novels and adaptations of classic literature. His artwork has been shown in galleries around the world and has appeared in publications such as Le Monde, Liberation, GQ, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He is the grandson of Shirley Jackson. He lives in Paris.Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) is a towering figure in twentieth-century gothic fiction. She is the author of many books and short stories, including The Haunting of Hill House, Hangsaman, Life Among the Savages, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and "The Lottery," which is considered to be her masterpiece.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780809066506
ISBN-10: 0809066505
Publisher: Hill & Wang
Publication Date: October 25th, 2016
Pages: 160
Language: English