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Saunders, George 1958-

Overview
Works: 102 works in 618 publications in 17 languages and 21,523 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Historical fiction  Biographical fiction  Ghost stories  Essays  Speeches  Parables  Black humor  Fables 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Contributor, Creator, Author of introduction, vac
Classifications: PS3569.A7897, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by George Saunders
Lincoln in the Bardo : a novel by George Saunders( Book )

96 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in 14 languages and held by 4,735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth," the president says at the time. "God has called him home." Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins a story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state -- called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo -- a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul. Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction's ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?"--Publisher's description
Tenth of December : stories by George Saunders( Book )

23 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 3,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of stories which includes "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit
Lincoln in the bardo : a novel by George Saunders( Recording )

36 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returned to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory, where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state, called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul
Pastoralia : stories by George Saunders( Book )

53 editions published between 2000 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If Americans in the future were to try to send us a message about where our culture is heading, they might simply point to the fiction of George Saunders. Living in a world that's both indelibly original and hauntingly familiar, the characters in these stories bring to life our most absurd tendencies, and allow us to see ourselves in a shocking, uproariously funny new light. Here you find people who live and work in a simulated, theme-park cave and communicate with their loved ones via fax machine. You encounter a family happily gathered around their favorite form of entertainment, a computer-generated TV show called The Worst That Could Happen. And you hear an upbeat self-help guru sermonize about how figuring out who's been "crapping in your oatmeal" will help raise your self-esteem. With an uncanny sense of how our culture reflects our character, Saunders mixes a deadpan naturalism with a wicked sense of humor to reveal a picture of contemporary America that's both feverishly strange and, through his characters' perseverance, oddly hopeful. Named by The New Yorker one of the Twenty Best American Fiction Writers Under Forty, George Saunders has been recognized as a visionary storyteller with a hypnotic style. Critics have placed him in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, and Thomas Pynchon -- "a savage satirist with a sentimental streak," said The New York Times. These stories bring greater wisdom and maturity to the worldview he established with his first collection, and leave little doubt that he has found a place in modern fiction all his own
CivilWarLand in bad decline : stories and a novella by George Saunders( Book )

41 editions published between 1996 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 1,195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novella and short stories on a future America, a land of corporate hypocrisy, violence and pollution. Trendy attractions include pickled babies and cows with plexiglass sides, so you can see the milk made, people buy other people's more interesting memories for downloading into their heads
The very persistent gappers of Frip by George Saunders( Book )

25 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gappers will get your goat. Literally. If you don't brush them off and return them to the ocean, whence they arrive every day, these bright orange, many-eyed creatures will cover your goats, and the goats will stop giving milk
Congratulations, by the way : some thoughts on kindness by George Saunders( Book )

26 editions published between 2014 and 2020 in 6 languages and held by 1,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on his well-received convocation address at Syracuse University, one of today's most influential and original writers shows how to lead a kinder, more fulfilling life
Fox 8 : a story by George Saunders( Book )

27 editions published between 2013 and 2019 in 5 languages and held by 1,003 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Idealistic Fox 8's ability to communicate in "Yuman" cannot save his pack when their den and food supply are destroyed to build a mall, so he writes a letter asking for an explanation of human's cruelty
Patchwork : a Bobbie Ann Mason reader by Bobbie Ann Mason( )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bobbie Ann Mason burst onto the American literary scene during a renaissance of short fiction that Raymond Carver called a 'literary phenomenon.' Anne Tyler hailed Mason as 'a full-fledged master of the short story.' Mason's work, charged with a spirit of exploration, garnered both popular and critical acclaim. This reader collects outstanding examples of Mason's award-winning work from throughout her writing career and provides a unique look at the development of one of the country's finest writers. Patchwork contains short stories first published in the New Yorker and other leading periodicals; chapters from Mason's acclaimed novels, including In Country, An Atomic Romance, and The Girl in the Blue Beret; and riveting excerpts from Mason's eclectic nonfiction. Some examples of Mason's recent explorations in flash fiction appear here in print for the first time. Mason's writing glows with a nuanced understanding of the struggles and pathos of American life in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. George Saunders writes in his introduction, "Bobbie Ann Mason is a strange and beautiful writer. ... Her stories exist to gently touch on, and praise, even mourn, what it feels like to be alive in this moment." Patchwork conveys Mason's extraordinary talent and range as a writer"--
In persuasion nation : stories by George Saunders( Book )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new collection of stories--his best work yet--comes from the acclaimed and mind-bendingly hilarious George Saunders
The braindead megaphone : essays by George Saunders( Book )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in English and Italian and held by 846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Saunders's first foray into nonfiction is comprised of essays on literature, travel, and politics. At the core of this unique collection are Saunders's travel essays based on his trips to seek out the mysteries of the "Buddha Boy" of Nepal; to attempt to indulge in the extravagant pleasures of Dubai; and to join the exploits of the minutemen at the Mexican border. Saunders expertly navigates the works of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and Esther Forbes, and leads the reader across the rocky political landscape of modern America. Emblazoned with his trademark wit and singular vision, Saunders's endeavor into the art of the essay is testament to his exceptional range and ability as a writer and thinker
The brief and frightening reign of Phil by George Saunders( Book )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2018 in English and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Welcome to Inner Horner a country so small it can only accommodate one person at a time, while six other persons must wait their turn to get in. When Inner Horner shrinks even more their neighbor country declares an invasion
The best American short stories, 2005 by Michael Chabon( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In "Until Gwen," Dennis Lehane offers a narrative experiment and a haunting picture of a father and son. Tom Perrotta's "The Smile on Happy Chang's Face" explores a Little League umpire's attempt to cope with his biggest personal regret and the inability to make a decisive call on the field. Thomas McGuane's "Old Friends" examines the intersection of shared history and obligation, while Joyce Carol Oates meditates on the inescapable bonds of family in "Cousins." In "Stone Animals," Kelly Link takes a chilling look at a family spiraling beyond control in the surreal landscape of their new home. By turns humorous, poignant, and profound, the stories of 2005 add up to an eclectic installment of this anthology."--Jacket
Tenth of December : stories by George Saunders( Recording )

20 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in English and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet
A Grace Paley reader : stories, essays, and poetry by Grace Paley( Book )

3 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An essential book for all Grace Paley fans. Grace Paley is best known for her inimitable short stories, but she was also an enormously talented essayist and poet. A Grace Paley Reader collects the best of Paley's writing, showcasing her breadth of work and her extraordinary insight and empathy. With an introduction by George Saunders and an afterword by the writer's daughter, Nora Paley, A Grace Paley Reader is sure to become an instant classic."--
Tenth of December by George Saunders( Book )

45 editions published between 2013 and 2019 in 15 languages and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of stories which includes "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit
George Saunders : critical essays by Philip Coleman( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This timely volume explores the signal contribution George Saunders has made to the development of the short story form in books ranging from CivilWarLand in Bad Decline (1996) to Tenth of December (2013). The book brings together a team of scholars from around the world to explore topics ranging from Saunders's treatment of work and religion to biopolitics and the limits of the short story form. It also includes an interview with Saunders specially conducted for the volume, and a preliminary bibliography of his published works and critical responses to an expanding and always exciting creative oeuvre."--Page 4 of cover
Congratulations, by the way : some thoughts on kindness by George Saunders( )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From George Saunders, the bestselling author of Tenth of December, comes a powerful and inspiring meditation on kindness, based on his hugely popular commencement address. In May 2013, George Saunders gave an eight-minute convocation address at Syracuse University. Three months later, a transcript of the speech was published on The New York Times website and went viral, becoming the site's most emailed article for a full week
The brief and frightening reign of Phil, and In persuasion nation by George Saunders( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Welcome to Inner Horner, a nation so small it can only accommodate one citizen at a time. But when Inner Horner suddenly shrinks, forcing three-quarters of the citizen then in residence over the border into Outer Horner territory, the Outer Hornerites declare an Invasion In Progress--having fallen under the spell of the power-hungry and demagogic Phil. So begins his brief and very frightening reign ... The novella is followed by In Persuasion Nation, a collection of stories by turns touching, funny and sad, and set in a warped, hilarious yet very recognisable American landscape."--
In persuasion nation by George Saunders( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2018 in English and Italian and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Talking candy bars, baby geniuses, disappointed mothers, castrated dogs, interned teenagers, and moral fables-all in this hilarious and heartbreaking collection. The best work yet from an author hailed as the heir to Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Pynchon
 
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Джордж Сондерс

Сондерс, Джордж

Сондерс, Джордж, 1958-

Сондерс, Джордж Американский писатель, эссеист и сценарист, лауреат Букеровской премии 2017 года

Џорџ Сондерс

Ջորջ Սոնդերս

ג'ורג' סנדרס

סונדרס, ג'ורג' 1958-

جارج سانڈرز

جورج ساندرز

جورج سوندرز

جورج سوندرز (صحفى)

ਜਾਰਜ ਸਾਂਡਰਸ

ਜਾਰਜ ਸਾਂਡਰਸ ਅਮਰੀਕੀ ਲੇਖਕ

ಜಾರ್ಜ್ ಸೌಂಡರ್ಸ್

손더스, 조지 1958-

조지 손더스

ジョージ・ソーンダーズ

ソウンダース, ジョージ

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乔治·桑德斯

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