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

Order of George Saunders Short Stories/Novellas

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1 Fox 8 2013 Description / Buy

Order of George Saunders Short Story Collections

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

Order of George Saunders Non-Fiction Books

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

Order of Best American Short Stories Series

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1 The Best Short Stories of 1915 1916 Description / Buy
2 The Best Short Stories of 1916 1916 Description / Buy
3 The Best Short Stories of 1917 1917 Description / Buy
4 The Best Short Stories of 1918 1918 Description / Buy
5 The Best Short Stories of 1919 1919 Description / Buy
6 The Best Short Stories of 1921 1921 Description / Buy
7 The Best Short Stories of 1922 1922 Description / Buy
8 The Best Short Stories of 1923 1923 Description / Buy
9 The Best Short Stories 1924 1924 Description / Buy
10 The Best Short Stories of 1925 1925 Description / Buy
11 The Best Short Stories 1926 1926 Description / Buy
12 The Best Short Stories 1927 1927 Description / Buy
13 The Best Short Stories of 1928 1928 Description / Buy
14 The Best Short Stories of 1929 1929 Description / Buy
15 The Best Short Stories 1930 1930 Description / Buy
16 The Best Short Stories 1931 1931 Description / Buy
17 The Best Short Stories of 1932 1932 Description / Buy
18 The Best Short Stories 1933 1933 Description / Buy
19 The Best Short Stories 1934 1934 Description / Buy
20 The Best Short Stories 1935 1935 Description / Buy
21 The Best Short Stories 1936 1936 Description / Buy
22 The Best Short Stories 1937 1937 Description / Buy
23 The Best Short Stories of 1938 1938 Description / Buy
24 50 Best American Short Stories, 1915-1939 1939 Description / Buy
25 The Best Short Stories 1939 1939 Description / Buy
26 The Best Short Stories of 1940 1940 Description / Buy
27 The Best Short Stories 1941 1941 Description / Buy
28 The Best American Short Stories 1942 1942 Description / Buy
29 The Best American Short Stories 1943 1943 Description / Buy
30 The Best American Short Stories 1944 1944 Description / Buy
31 The Best American Short Stories 1945 1945 Description / Buy
32 The Best American Short Stories 1946 1946 Description / Buy
33 The Best American Short Stories 1947 1947 Description / Buy
34 The Best American Short Stories 1948 1948 Description / Buy
35 The Best American Short Stories 1949 1949 Description / Buy
36 The Best American Short Stories 1950 1950 Description / Buy
37 The Best American Short Stories 1951 1951 Description / Buy
38 The Best American Short Stories 1952 1952 Description / Buy
39 The Best American Short Stories 1953 1953 Description / Buy
40 The Best American Short Stories 1955 1955 Description / Buy
41 The Best American Short Stories 1956 1956 Description / Buy
42 The Best American Short Stories 1957 1957 Description / Buy
43 The Best American Short Stories 1958 1958 Description / Buy
44 The Best American Short Stories 1959 1959 Description / Buy
45 The Best American Short Stories 1960 1960 Description / Buy
46 The Best American Short Stories 1961 1961 Description / Buy
47 The Best American Short Stories 1962 1962 Description / Buy
48 The Best American Short Stories 1963 1963 Description / Buy
49 The Best American Short Stories 1964 1964 Description / Buy
50 The Best American Short Stories 1965 1965 Description / Buy
51 The Best American Short Stories 1966 1966 Description / Buy
52 The Best American Short Stories 1967 1967 Description / Buy
53 The Best American Short Stories 1968 1967 Description / Buy
54 The Best American Short Stories of 1969 1969 Description / Buy
55 The Best American Short Stories 1970 1970 Description / Buy
56 The Best American Short Stories 1971 1971 Description / Buy
57 The Best American Short Stories 1972 1972 Description / Buy
58 The Best American Short Stories 1973 1973 Description / Buy
59 The Best American Short Stories 1974 1974 Description / Buy
60 The Best of Best American Short Stories 1915-1950 1975 Description / Buy
61 The Best American Short Stories 1975 1975 Description / Buy
62 The Best American Short Stories 1976 1976 Description / Buy
63 The Best American Short Stories 1977 1977 Description / Buy
64 The Best American Short Stories 1978 1978 Description / Buy
65 The Best American Short Stories 1979 1979 Description / Buy
66 The Best American Short Stories 1980 1980 Description / Buy
67 The Best American Short Stories 1981 1981 Description / Buy
68 The Best American Short Stories 1982 1982 Description / Buy
69 The Best American Short Stories 1983 1983 Description / Buy
70 The Best American Short Stories 1984 1984 Description / Buy
71 The Best American Short Stories 1985 1985 Description / Buy
72 The Best American Short Stories 1986 1986 Description / Buy
73 The Best American Short Stories 1987 1987 Description / Buy
74 The Best American Short Stories 1988 1988 Description / Buy
75 The Best American Short Stories 1989 1989 Description / Buy
76 The Best American Short Stories of the Eighties 1990 Description / Buy
77 The Best American Short Stories 1990 1990 Description / Buy
78 The Best American Short Stories 1991 1991 Description / Buy
79 The Best American Short Stories 1992 1992 Description / Buy
80 The Best American Short Stories 1993 1993 Description / Buy
81 The Best American Short Stories 1994 1994 Description / Buy
82 The Best American Short Stories 1995 1995 Description / Buy
83 The Best American Short Stories 1996 1996 Description / Buy
84 The Best American Short Stories 1997 1997 Description / Buy
85 The Best American Short Stories 1998 1998 Description / Buy
86 The Best American Short Stories 1999 1999 Description / Buy
87 The Best American Short Stories 2000 2000 Description / Buy
88 The Best American Short Stories of the Century 2000 Description / Buy
89 The Best American Short Stories 2001 2001 Description / Buy
90 The Best American Short Stories 2002 2002 Description / Buy
91 The Best American Short Stories 2003 2003 Description / Buy
92 The Best American Short Stories 2004 2004 Description / Buy
93 The Best American Short Stories 2005 2005 Description / Buy
94 The Best American Short Stories 2006 2006 Description / Buy
95 The Best American Short Stories 2007 2007 Description / Buy
96 The Best Short Stories of 1921, and the Yearbook of the American Short Story 2007 Description / Buy
97 The Best American Short Stories 1921 2007 Description / Buy
98 The Best American Short Stories 2008 2008 Description / Buy
99 The Best American Short Stories 2009 2009 Description / Buy
100 The Best American Short Stories 2010 2010 Description / Buy
101 The Best American Short Stories 2011 2011 Description / Buy
102 The Best American Short Stories 2012 2012 Description / Buy
103 The Best American Short Stories 2013 2013 Description / Buy
104 The Best American Short Stories 2014 2014 Description / Buy
105 The Best American Short Stories 2015 2015 Description / Buy
106 100 Years of The Best American Short Stories 2015 Description / Buy
107 The Best American Short Stories 2016 2016 Description / Buy
108 The Best American Short Stories 2017 2017 Description / Buy
109 The Best American Short Stories 2018 2018 Description / Buy
110 The Best American Short Stories 2019 2019 Description / Buy
111 The Best American Short Stories 2020 2020 Description / Buy

George Saunders Anthologies

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1 Growing Up Chicago 2022 Description / 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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