George Saunders Books

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George Saunders is an American author born in 1958. Saunders has written everything from novellas to essays and children’s books. Fans of the author will also speak fondly of his contributions to the likes of the New Yorker and American Psyche, not to mention GQ.

Order of George Saunders Standalone Novels

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1The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip (Short Story) 2000Description / Buy
2The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil 2005Description / Buy
3Lincoln in the Bardo 2017Description / Buy
4A Swim in a Pond in the Rain 2021Description / Buy

Order of George Saunders Short Stories/Novellas

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1Fox 8 2013Description / Buy

Order of George Saunders Short Story Collections

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1CivilWarLand in Bad Decline 1996Description / Buy
2Pastoralia 2000Description / Buy
3In Persuasion Nation 2006Description / Buy
4Tenth of December 2013Description / Buy

Order of George Saunders Non-Fiction Books

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1The Braindead Megaphone 2007Description / Buy
2Congratulations, By the Way 2014Description / Buy

Order of Best American Short Stories Series

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1The Best Short Stories of 1915 1916Description / Buy
2The Best Short Stories of 1916 1916Description / Buy
3The Best Short Stories of 1917 1917Description / Buy
4The Best Short Stories of 1918 1918Description / Buy
5The Best Short Stories of 1919 1919Description / Buy
6The Best Short Stories of 1921 1921Description / Buy
7The Best Short Stories of 1922 1922Description / Buy
8The Best Short Stories of 1923 1923Description / Buy
9The Best Short Stories 1924 1924Description / Buy
10The Best Short Stories of 1925 1925Description / Buy
11The Best Short Stories 1926 1926Description / Buy
12The Best Short Stories 1927 1927Description / Buy
13The Best Short Stories of 1928 1928Description / Buy
14The Best Short Stories of 1929 1929Description / Buy
15The Best Short Stories 1930 1930Description / Buy
16The Best Short Stories 1931 1931Description / Buy
17The Best Short Stories of 1932 1932Description / Buy
18The Best Short Stories 1933 1933Description / Buy
19The Best Short Stories 1934 1934Description / Buy
20The Best Short Stories 1935 1935Description / Buy
21The Best Short Stories 1936 1936Description / Buy
22The Best Short Stories 1937 1937Description / Buy
23The Best Short Stories of 1938 1938Description / Buy
2450 Best American Short Stories, 1915-1939 1939Description / Buy
25The Best Short Stories 1939 1939Description / Buy
26The Best Short Stories of 1940 1940Description / Buy
27The Best Short Stories 1941 1941Description / Buy
28The Best American Short Stories 1942 1942Description / Buy
29The Best American Short Stories 1943 1943Description / Buy
30The Best American Short Stories 1944 1944Description / Buy
31The Best American Short Stories 1945 1945Description / Buy
32The Best American Short Stories 1946 1946Description / Buy
33The Best American Short Stories 1947 1947Description / Buy
34The Best American Short Stories 1948 1948Description / Buy
35The Best American Short Stories 1949 1949Description / Buy
36The Best American Short Stories 1950 1950Description / Buy
37The Best American Short Stories 1951 1951Description / Buy
38The Best American Short Stories 1952 1952Description / Buy
39The Best American Short Stories 1953 1953Description / Buy
40The Best American Short Stories 1955 1955Description / Buy
41The Best American Short Stories 1956 1956Description / Buy
42The Best American Short Stories 1957 1957Description / Buy
43The Best American Short Stories 1958 1958Description / Buy
44The Best American Short Stories 1959 1959Description / Buy
45The Best American Short Stories 1960 1960Description / Buy
46The Best American Short Stories 1961 1961Description / Buy
47The Best American Short Stories 1962 1962Description / Buy
48The Best American Short Stories 1963 1963Description / Buy
49The Best American Short Stories 1964 1964Description / Buy
50The Best American Short Stories 1965 1965Description / Buy
51The Best American Short Stories 1966 1966Description / Buy
52The Best American Short Stories 1967 1967Description / Buy
53The Best American Short Stories 1968 1967Description / Buy
54The Best American Short Stories of 1969 1969Description / Buy
55The Best American Short Stories 1970 1970Description / Buy
56The Best American Short Stories 1971 1971Description / Buy
57The Best American Short Stories 1972 1972Description / Buy
58The Best American Short Stories 1973 1973Description / Buy
59The Best American Short Stories 1974 1974Description / Buy
60The Best of Best American Short Stories 1915-1950 1975Description / Buy
61The Best American Short Stories 1975 1975Description / Buy
62The Best American Short Stories 1976 1976Description / Buy
63The Best American Short Stories 1977 1977Description / Buy
64The Best American Short Stories 1978 1978Description / Buy
65The Best American Short Stories 1979 1979Description / Buy
66The Best American Short Stories 1980 1980Description / Buy
67The Best American Short Stories 1981 1981Description / Buy
68The Best American Short Stories 1982 1982Description / Buy
69The Best American Short Stories 1983 1983Description / Buy
70The Best American Short Stories 1984 1984Description / Buy
71The Best American Short Stories 1985 1985Description / Buy
72The Best American Short Stories 1986 1986Description / Buy
73The Best American Short Stories 1987 1987Description / Buy
74The Best American Short Stories 1988 1988Description / Buy
75The Best American Short Stories 1989 1989Description / Buy
76The Best American Short Stories of the Eighties 1990Description / Buy
77The Best American Short Stories 1990 1990Description / Buy
78The Best American Short Stories 1991 1991Description / Buy
79The Best American Short Stories 1992 1992Description / Buy
80The Best American Short Stories 1993 1993Description / Buy
81The Best American Short Stories 1994 1994Description / Buy
82The Best American Short Stories 1995 1995Description / Buy
83The Best American Short Stories 1996 1996Description / Buy
84The Best American Short Stories 1997 1997Description / Buy
85The Best American Short Stories 1998 1998Description / Buy
86The Best American Short Stories 1999 1999Description / Buy
87The Best American Short Stories 2000 2000Description / Buy
88The Best American Short Stories of the Century 2000Description / Buy
89The Best American Short Stories 2001 2001Description / Buy
90The Best American Short Stories 2002 2002Description / Buy
91The Best American Short Stories 2003 2003Description / Buy
92The Best American Short Stories 2004 2004Description / Buy
93The Best American Short Stories 2005 2005Description / Buy
94The Best American Short Stories 2006 2006Description / Buy
95The Best American Short Stories 2007 2007Description / Buy
96The Best Short Stories of 1921, and the Yearbook of the American Short Story 2007Description / Buy
97The Best American Short Stories 1921 2007Description / Buy
98The Best American Short Stories 2008 2008Description / Buy
99The Best American Short Stories 2009 2009Description / Buy
100The Best American Short Stories 2010 2010Description / Buy
101The Best American Short Stories 2011 2011Description / Buy
102The Best American Short Stories 2012 2012Description / Buy
103The Best American Short Stories 2013 2013Description / Buy
104The Best American Short Stories 2014 2014Description / Buy
105The Best American Short Stories 2015 2015Description / Buy
106100 Years of The Best American Short Stories 2015Description / Buy
107The Best American Short Stories 2016 2016Description / Buy
108The Best American Short Stories 2017 2017Description / Buy
109The Best American Short Stories 2018 2018Description / Buy
110The Best American Short Stories 2019 2019Description / Buy
111The Best American Short Stories 2020 2020Description / Buy
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Born in Amarillo, Texas, Saunders graduated from Oak Forest High School in Illinois. Eventually going on to receive a degree in Geophysical engineering and an M.A in creative writing, Saunders has made effective use of his scientific background as an author, crafting stories that utilize his knowledge and experience.

Before delving into fiction, George Saunders first worked as a technical writer for an environmental engineering company in Rochester, New York. He also filled the position of geophysical engineer for the company.

Oil exploration took him to Sumatra for a time before he settled at Syracuse University where he has taught creative writing for a great many years.

The author’s brand of fiction isn’t for everyone. Saunders loves writing about consumerism and corporate culture. The mass media is also a favorite topic of his. While he has been known to take a satirical approach to his work, Saunders also endeavors to raise moral and ethical questions that force his readers to think.

People who know Saunders will connect him to objectivism, neo-conservatism and even Nyingma Buddhism. The author is always reinventing himself and rethinking his belief systems.

George Saunders Awards

George Saunders won his first notable award in 1994. That was the National Magazine Award and he won it for one of his short stories. He went on to win another notable award called the O. Henry Award in 1997.

He would then go on to win the National Magazine Award a few more times, this along with taking home a few other accolades such as the Macarthur fellowship, the Short story Prize in 2013 and the Guggenheim fellowship to mention but a few.

George Saunders Books into Movies

Back in the 1990s, the film rights to one of George Saunders’ Works, a book called ‘CivialWarLand in Bad Decline’, were bought by Ben Stiller. The project has been in development with Red Hour productions since then, with very little notable movement.

Best George Saunders Books

Saunders is definitely not what you would call a mainstream author, though his work has a decent following, with some of his best books including the following:

Lincoln in the Bardo: Willie Lincoln was buried on the 2nd of February, 1862. Abraham Lincoln chose that night to visit his son’s body, which had been laid to rest in a Georgetown Cemetery. Overcome with grief, Lincoln came under cover of darkness to spend some time with his son.

This story takes place over one night and it explores aspects of death and grief, not to mention good and evil. As beautiful and sad as the book is, it is also laced with humor. Anyone who reads it will admit that Saunders’ approach is a little strange.

The focus of the story is Abraham Lincoln. His 11-year-old dies from typhoid fever and Lincoln visits the crypt to hold his body. Saunders uses the book to paint Lincoln’s grief as vividly as he can.

The narrative is definitely a little confusing. But the confusion fits Saunders’ purpose. Lincoln isn’t in his right mind and the author thrusts readers into his demented existence, so much so that it becomes difficult to separate the illusion from the real world.

In Persuasion Nation: This book is a collection of some of Saunders’ more impressive short stories. They include one about a town that has been overrun by pet-killing hysteria as well as a tale of Eastern European widows adapting to life in the Suburbs of the United States.

Readers who do not know how funny George Saunders can be need to read this book. A story like ‘I Can Speak’ definitely allows his humor to shine. Of course, the book isn’t all fun and games. Some of the stories in this book are very chilling.

But that is what makes it so interesting. The stories keep shifting in tone, and that makes the reading experience refreshing. There are definitely some sections that are a chore to read.

But when you start looking past the words to the hidden allegories, even the tiresome sections begin to take an interesting turn. Though, considering the approach Saunders takes in some stories, it is understandable why this book might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

When Does The Next George Saunders book come out?

George Saunders doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is A Swim in a Pond in the Rain and was released on January, 12th 2021.

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