LT.002 The Works of George Saunders: “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline,” “Tenth of December,” and “Lincoln in the Bardo”
Taught by Kelly Fast. 6-7:30p.m. Jan. 20-March 3 (class will not meet on Feb. 17), Room 233
George Saunders, creative writing professor at Syracuse University and the author of 11 books, once said, “When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you. What I want is to have the reader come out just six percent more awake to the world.”
Over the course of his 30-year writing career, Saunders’s many works, including “Lincoln in the Bardo,” which won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for best work of fiction in English, have done just that: they have made his readers more aware of the world in which we live. His stories have appeared regularly in The New Yorker since 1992. The short story collection “Tenth of December,” a finalist for the National Book Award, won the inaugural Folio Prize in 2013 (for the best work of fiction in English) and the Story Prize (best short story collection).
In this course, we will read two of Saunders’s short story collections, his first from 1996, “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline,” and his most recent from 2013, “Tenth of December.” Additionally, we will read his 2017 novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo.” For the first session, please read the first six stories in “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline.” Registration is necessary. The registration fee is $125 per participant. Child care is not available.