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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lincoln in the Bardo (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Fox 8 (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pastoralia (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Persuasion Nation (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tenth of December (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Braindead Megaphone (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Congratulations, By the Way (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Best American Short Stories Books

The Best Short Stories of 1915 (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1916 (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1917 (1917)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1918 (1918)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1919 (1919)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1921 (1921)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1922 (1922)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1923 (1923)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1924 (1924)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1925 (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1926 (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1927 (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1928 (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1929 (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1930 (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1931 (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1932 (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1933 (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1934 (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1935 (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1936 (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1937 (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1938 (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
50 Best American Short Stories, 1915-1939 (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1939 (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1940 (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1941 (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1942 (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1943 (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1944 (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1945 (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1946 (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1947 (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1948 (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1949 (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1950 (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1951 (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1952 (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1953 (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1955 (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1956 (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1957 (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1958 (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1959 (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1960 (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1961 (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1962 (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1963 (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1964 (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1965 (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1966 (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1967 (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1968 (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories of 1969 (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1970 (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1971 (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1972 (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1973 (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1974 (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Best American Short Stories 1915-1950 (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1975 (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1976 (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1977 (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1978 (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1979 (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1980 (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1981 (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1982 (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1983 (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1984 (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1985 (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1986 (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1987 (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1988 (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1989 (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories of the Eighties (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1990 (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1991 (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1992 (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1993 (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1994 (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1995 (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1996 (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1997 (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1998 (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1999 (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2000 (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2001 (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2002 (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2003 (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2004 (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2005 (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2006 (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2007 (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1921, and the Yearbook of the American Short Story (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories1921 (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2008 (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2009 (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2011 (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2012 (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2013 (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2014 (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2015 (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
100 Years of The Best American Short Stories (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2016 (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2017 (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2018 (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2019 (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2020 (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
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An extremely prolific and highly regarded novelist, the American writer George Saunders has been publishing his unique brand of fiction for quite some time now, whether it be in the form of short-stories and essay, or full novellas and novels. Contributing to a wide variety of different, but equally prestigious publications, such as GQ and McSweeney’s, he’s made a strong name for himself within the industry. Writing both fiction and non-fiction, he’s been able to craft himself a unique and reputable brand around his idiosyncratic voice and styling, leading to him becoming on of the most influential figures within his field.

Early and Personal Life

Born in 1958 on the 2nd of December, he was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas, in the United States of America. Growing up in the city, he took in a lot growing up, as he harnessed his passion for both reading and writing from an early age. Putting his inspiration back into his work, he developed his love of literature over the years, using his early experiences to form the basis of his later work.

Educated at Oak Forest High School, which was in Oak Forest in Illinois, he grew up in the southern suburbs of Chicago. Graduating from there he went on to gain a B.S. from Colorado School of Mines, getting a qualification in geophysical engineering. This would later serve him well as he moved on to technical writing, something which was also backed up by his M.A. from Syracuse University in creative writing.

Working with an oil exploration crew for a period of time, he’s gained a whole wealth of knowledge over the years. Not only that, but he also has a background in technical writing as well, something which is reflected in his work to this day, with his clear and concise analytical prose. Setting out his career early on, he took all his experiences and put them back into his work, building a stronger body of material.

Still writing to this very day, he has a lot more to come yet, as he continues to live with his wife, the fellow writer Paula Redick. Meeting her back on the Syracuse Writing program, which they were both attending, they quickly got engaged and have been happily married to this day. With a lot more to come on the horizon, Saunders will carry on expanding his portfolio and building his name and reputation.

Writing Career

Bringing out his first book in 1996, he arrived onto the publishing scene with his collection of short-stories and novella ‘CivilWarLand in Bad Decline’. The film right were soon purchased to this in the late nineties by Ben Stiller and, as of 2007, it started to go into development. Making an impact, though, he turned many heads creating a strong impression on both his many peers and contemporaries.

Whilst George Saunders is mostly known for his short-stories and novellas, he’s not well known, as of yet, for his longer material. He has written a full novel, though, and he will be moving into longer form on a far more regular basis. His style, though, is something that many revere him for throughout the industry, as it takes an almost clinical take on the modern parable.

Garnering a lot of critical acclaim as well, he’s not only gained commercial success in the recent years of his writing career. Getting recognition and respect from both his peers and contemporaries, he’s made a proper name for himself worldwide. With readers of all varieties, he’s managed to create a style that really resonates with his audience, as he combines both plot and character to an engaging effect.

Tackling a whole host of different subjects over the years, it’s not only his writing that’s transformed and developed, but his politics as well. Whilst remaining true to his convictions, he’s developed his ideas, creating a more nuanced a balanced tone in his work. This is reflected in his subject matter, as he’s created a style of writing that reads similar to a modern parable, with elements of genre fiction as well.

All this has lead to him becoming one of the most distinctive voices within his field, and an extremely versatile author. Always changing, whilst always remaining true to himself, he’s a singular presence with a lot to say, something which has become more and more evident over the years. There’s a lot more to come from this author yet, as his writing career grows from strength-to-strength, on into the foreseeable future.

The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

First brought out on the 15th of August in 2000, this was initially published through the Villard Books publishing house. With illustrations by Lane Smith, this novella really marked a turning point for the author being his first stand-alone away from his short-stories. Working as a parable of sorts, it’s a very clear and concise story that instantly gets straight to the heart of its subject matter.

In the small seaside village of Frip they milk the goats each morning, after which they sell it to the neighboring towns. One problem that constantly persists, though, are the gappers which come from the ocean to attach themselves to the goats. Every three hours they must be removed by the local children and thrown back in the ocean, that is until one day that they all decide to target one goat in particular instead of spreading themselves out. Will anybody come to the rescue of the family that owns the goat? Can a compromise ever be reached? What will become of the very persistent gappers of Frip?

The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil

Originally published in 2005 on the 6th of September, this was initially brought out through Riverhead Books. Working as another stand-alone novel by the author George Saunders, it managed to garner an award nomination in 2013 with the National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. Showing a clear sense of development from his earlier novels, it manages to provide a new and in-depth story for any follower of the author.

Set in the fantastical country of Inner Horner, this sees a country that only allows in one resident at a time. With a whole host of people waiting to get in, it falls under the jurisdiction of its ruler ‘Phil’; a power-mad and tyrannical ruler. Reigning over the region, he sees in a wave of mass-hysteria and many injustices whilst ruling over his strange little country. Will there ever be an end to his rule? Can they ever hope to make any progress? What will happen during the brief and frightening reign of Phil?

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