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George Saunders

Fiction

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20190705, 20181221

George Saunders, the renowned short story writer, talks about his debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, winner of Britain's Man Booker Prize for best novel written in English in 2017. He discusses his approach to this story, which began two decades before when he read about Abraham Lincoln's grief over the loss of his son, Willie, and how he made visits to the crypt to hold his body. Saunders decided to explore the tumultuous Civil War period through a chorus of ghosts, and talks about the joy he found in using his editing and curating skills to join history with fiction. He also reads from the novel. A 2014 program with George Saunders is also available in our audio archives.

| Subject Matter: Abraham Lincoln, History, The Craft of Fiction | Interview Year: 2018 | Genre: Fiction | Awards: Story Prize, Folio Prize, PEN/Malamud Award, O. Henry Award |

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