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Man Booker Prize 2017: George Saunders wins for Lincoln in the Bardo

The 58-year-old Texas-born author is famous for his wide range of short stories. His first attempt to write a novel has earned him a Booker prize.

"The Man Booker Prize 2017" has been awarded to American author  George Saunders for his first full-length novel titled "Lincoln in the Bardo".

The 58-year-old Texas-born author — famous for his wide range of short stories — won the Booker prize in his first attempt as a novelist.

Saunder's novel is based on a real-life incident from former US President Abraham Lincoln life. The novel traces Lincoln's grief after he buried his 11-year-old son, Willie, in Washington in 1862.

Growing up in Chicago, Saunders graduated from the Oak Forest High School in Illinois. He then completed his BS degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School Mines.

He has worked as a technical writer, a geophysical engineer and as a part of an oil exploration team in Sumatra before he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006.

However, Saunders indulged in writing since 1993 as he was a faculty member of the Sycaruse University.

He has written a plethora of short stories published in renowned magazines such as The New Yorker, Harper's, McSweeney's and GQ and also won multiple 'National Magazine Awards' for fiction short stories.

His first collection of short stories and a novella — 'Civil War Land in Bad Decline' (short stories and a novella) was published in 1996. His other published works include 'The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip ', 'In Persuasion Nation',  'Tenth of December: Stories' and 'A Two-minute note to the future'.

His writings mostly take a satirical tone on consumerism, corporate culture and the role of mass media in the global society.
First Published on Oct 18, 2017 04:11 pm
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