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George Saunders Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
George Saunders
Place Of Birth
Amarillo, USA
65 years old
Birth Date
December 2 1958

George Saunders Facts

Child Star?
Education & Qualifications
Syracuse University
Current Partner
Paula Redick
Caitlin, Alena

About George Saunders 

George Saunders is an American writer of novellas, essays, children's books, short stories, and novels.

George Saunders was also a professor at the Syracuse University and has received many awards for his technical and creative writing. His work has appeared in different magazines including 'The New Yorker', 'GQ', 'McSweeney's' and 'Harper's'.

George Saunders is also a journalist and has created topics in the weekly section of 'The Guardian'. His first collection of short stories, 'CivilWarLand In Bad Decline', was nominated in the 1996 PEN or Hemingway Awards and was among the finalists. At 2007's Story Prize, his story collection 'In Persuasion Nation' was also a finalist. George Saunders has been compared to Kurt Vonnegut due to the tragicomic element in his writing.

On December 2, 1958, George Saunders was born in Amarillo, Texas, in the United States. He is married to Paula Redick and has two children.

Keep reading to learn more about the life and career of renowned American writer, George Saunders.

George Saunders' Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is George Saunders’ net worth?

The net worth of George Saunders is not currently known.

How much does George Saunders earn per year?

George Saunders has multiple income sources. As a writer, his books generate high revenue, accompanied by his profession as a college professor and journalist. However, his exact annual earnings are unknown to the public.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is George Saunders?

George Saunders is 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) tall.

How old is George Saunders?

George Saunders was born on December 2, 1958. He is currently 63 years old and will turn 64 in December 2022. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius.

Childhood And Education

George Saunders was born in Amarillo, Texas, but spent his childhood in Oak Forest, Illinois. He began his basic education at St. Damian Catholic School and attended Oak Forest High School in Oak Forest, Illinois, where he completed his high school.

George Saunders earned his Bachelor's degree at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, in Geophysical Engineering in 1981. His science background had served as an advantage to him in becoming a fiction and technical writer. In 1988, he earned his Master's degree in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, where he currently is working as a professor.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is George Saunders’ spouse?

George Saunders' family consists of his wife, Paula Redick, and two children, named Caitlin Saunders and Alena Saunders.

George Saunders' spouse is Paula Redick. The duo met at Syracuse University and got engaged three weeks after meeting. Their engagement is a record in the Syracuse Creative Writing Program that he believes still stands. Paula Redick, like her husband, is also writer.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

George Saunders is best known as a writer, journalist, and college professor. He has written over 15 short stories and fiction, six essays and reports, and one novel. His work includes 'Lincoln In The Bardo'; 'The Barber's Unhappiness', published in 'The New Yorker'; 'Bounty', published in 'Harper's'; and 'The Falls', published in 'The New Yorker'. His recent short story, 'The Mom Of Bold Action', was published in 'The New Yorker' in 2021.

George Saunders was employed in an environmental engineering organization, Radian International in Rochester, New York, from 1989-1996, as a technical writer and geophysical engineer. Prior to this, he had previously worked with a team of oil explorers in Sumatra.

After completing his Master's, George Saunders became a professor of creative writing in Syracuse University in 1997. He taught in the school's MFA program while publishing his fiction and non-fiction stories, which were often centered on the irrational opinions of corporate culture, consumerism, and the role of mass media.

George Saunders' first story collection, 'CivilWarLand In Bad Decline', was recreated as a movie, earning him a film right purchased by Ben Stiller in the '90s. He also wrote a feature-length screenplay that was based on his short story, 'Sea Oak'.

In 2010, George Saunders was a visiting writer at Hope College and Wesleyan University, where he indulged in Hope College's Visiting Writers Series and Wesleyan's Distinguished Writer Series.

What awards has George Saunders won?

George Saunders is a four time winner of the National Magazine Awards for Fiction. He won the award for 'The 400-Pound CEO' in 1994, 'Bounty' in 1996, 'The Barbers Unhappiness' in 2000, and 'The Red Bow' in 2004. He received a Lannan Literary Fellowship in Fiction from the Lannan Foundation in 2001.

In 2006, George Saunders received a MacArthur Fellowship and was honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. He received an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2009 and his short story, 'CommComm', also won the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story.

In 2013, George Saunders' short story collection, 'Tenth Of December', won the Story Prize, 'The New York Times' Book Review, and in 2014, the Folio Prize. Also in 2014, he was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017, he won the Booker Prize for his novel, 'Lincoln In The Bardo', and was inducted as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2018.

George Saunders has had some of his published work receive finalist honors. In 1996, his short story collection, 'CivilWarLand In Bad Decline', was a finalist in PEN or Hemingway Awards. 'In Persuasion Nation', another short story collection, was a finalist in The Story Prize while 'Tenth of December' was a finalist in the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction.

George Saunders’ Hobbies And Interests

George Saunders' hobbies include reading and traveling.

Other Interesting George Saunders Facts And Trivia

  • George Saunders was born on December 2, 1958. He is currently 63 years old and will turn 64 in December 2022. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
  • In his 20s, George Saunders viewed himself as an objectivist, but considers himself philosophy-disapproving now. He compared it to neoconservatism.
  • George Saunders' new view of life has depicted him as a student of Nyingma Buddhism.
  • George Saunders has been influenced by Russian writers of the 19th and early 20th century, such as Babel, Gogol, Chekhov, and Tolstoy.
  • George Saunders' favorite books are 'In The Garden Of The North American Martyr's' by Tobias Wolff, 'The Coast Of Chicago' by Stuart Dybek, and 'Dispatches' by Michael Herr.
  • George Saunders is also inspired by minimalist American fiction writing of Tobias Wolff, Raymond Carver, Sherwood Anderson, and Ernest Hemingway.
  • George Saunders has been inspired by Steve Martin, Monty Python, Mark Twain, Jack Handey, Daniil Kharms, and Groucho Marx. He said their absurdist comic tradition has influenced his writings.

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