The late Shirley Jackson is perhaps best known for her chilling short story "The Lottery," published in the New Yorker in 1948.
In it, the rather ordinary townspeople from a small village participate in an annual ritual stoning. Jackson's story prompted more readers to write letters to the magazine than had ever done so before on a piece of fiction.
But "The Lottery" — and many of her other masterpieces of American Gothic — were directly inspired by her time living here in small-town, rural New England, her sense of isolation, and her struggles as an author, mother, wife, and woman in post-war America.
This conversation was re-aired on Friday, March 31, 2017.
This article was originally published on October 10, 2016.
This segment aired on October 10, 2016.