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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

George Saunders

Saunders-portrait

Professor

English

212 Tolley Humanities Building

315.443.2173

gwsaunde@syr.edu


Biography

George Saunders is the author of the short story collections "Pastoralia," "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline" (both New York Times Notable Books) and, most recently, "In Persuasion Nation." “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline” was a Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. “In Persuasion Nation” was one of three finalists for the 2006 STORY Prize for best short story collection of the year. Saunders is also the author of the novella-length illustrated fable, "The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil" the New York Times bestselling children's book, "The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip," illustrated by Lane Smith, (which has won major children's literature prizes in Italy and the Netherlands), and, most recently, a book of essays, “The Braindead Megaphone.”

His work appears regularly in The New Yorker, GQ, and Harpers Magazine, and has appeared in the O'Henry, “Best American Short Story,” “Best Non-Required Reading,” and “Best American Travel Writing” anthologies. In support of his books, he has appeared on The Charlie Rose Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and The Colbert Report.

Writing for GQ, he has traveled to Africa with Bill Clinton, reported on Nepal 's “Buddha Boy” (who is said to have gone without food or water for months on end), driven the length of the Mexican border, spent a week in the theme hotels of Dubai, and lived incognito in a homeless tent city in Fresno, California .

In 2001, Saunders was selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 100 top most creative people in entertainment, and by The New Yorker in 2002 and one of the best writers 40 and under. In 2006, he was awarded both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2009 he received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University.

Books

  • Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel

    Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel

    Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel, by George Saunders, Random House; 1st edition (February 14, 2017), 368pp., ISBN-13: 978-0812995343

  • Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness

    Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness

    Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness, by George Saunders, Random House; 1st edition (April 22, 2014), 64pp., ISBN-13: 978-0812996272

  • Tenth of December: Stories

    Tenth of December: Stories

    Tenth of December: Stories, by George Saunders, Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 7, 2014), 288pp., ISBN-13: 978-0812984255

  • The Braindead Megaphone

    The Braindead Megaphone

    The Braindead Megaphone, by George Saunders, Riverhead Books (September 4, 2007), 272pp., ISBN-13: 978-1594482564

  • In Persuasion Nation

    In Persuasion Nation

    In Persuasion Nation, by George Saunders, Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (March 6, 2007), 256pp., ISBN-13: 978-1594482427

  • The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil

    The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil

    The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, by George Saunders, Riverhead Books; Later Printing edition (September 6, 2005), 134pp., ISBN-13: 978-1594481529

  • The Very Persistant Gappers of Frip

    The Very Persistant Gappers of Frip

    The Very Persistant Gappers of Frip, by George Saunders, Bloomsbury Pub Ltd (February 28, 2005), 96pp., ISBN-13: 978-0747576112

  • Pastoralia

    Pastoralia

    Pastoralia, by George Saunders, Riverhead Books (June 1, 2001), 188pp., ISBN-13: 978-1573228725

  • CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

    CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

    CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, by George Saunders, Riverhead Trade; 1st Riverhead trade paperback edition (February 1, 1997), 192pp., ISBN-10: 1573225797

Areas of Supervision

Fiction, especially the short story

News

Humanities Book Reception to Showcase University Authors April 17

(April 12, 2018)

Event will honor more than 50 scholars who published books in 2017

George Saunders Wins Man Booker Prize

(Oct. 18, 2017)

Saunders awarded one of the world's most distinguished literary awards, for his first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo”

George Saunders’ First Novel, ‘Lincoln in the Bardo,’ Debuts at No. 1 on New York Times Bestseller List

(Feb. 24, 2017)

Saunders is currently in the midst of an international, multi-city book tour