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Shirley Jackson - We Have Always Lived in the Castle: Home

This is a guide for Lisa Orta's English 116 class

Print books

The Lottery

"The Lottery" is Shirley Jackson's most popular and controversial short story.

Articles, websites, etc.

Biographical information

head shot of Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson, born Dec. 16, 1916 in San Francisco and died August 8, 1965 in North Bennington.

North Bennington

Google map of N. Bennington

Shirley Jackson lived in North Bennington, VT, which became inspiration for the settings in her short stories and novels. The site below is sponsored by The Fund for North Bennington, Inc., a non profit preservation group. Be sure to look at the photo pages and the page on Shirley Jackson under the Stories heading.


Literary terms

Guidelines for Reading and Analyzing Literature


by Tina L. Hanlon
Associate Profession or English
Ferrum College


Click on "Literary Techniques" for definitions.