George Saunders

Critical Essays

  • Philip Coleman
  • Steve Gronert Ellerhoff

Part of the American Literature Readings in the 21st Century book series (ALTC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 245-292

About this book


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 œuvre. Coinciding with the release of the Saunders’ first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo (2017), George Saunders: Critical Essays is the first book-length consideration of a major contemporary author’s work. It is essential reading for anyone interested in twenty-first century fiction.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Philip Coleman
    • 1
  • Steve Gronert Ellerhoff
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EnglishTrinity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.Independent ScholarDes MoinesUSA

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