George Saunders bags 2017 Man Booker Prize for ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’
2017 Man Booker Prize has gone to George Saunders for his fiction, For Lincoln in the Bardo. By winning the Man Booker Prize Saunders has become the second American author to take home the British Pound 50,000 fiction award.
The 58-year-old was one of six authors who were shortlisted for the prestigious award.
The book is set in a graveyard, over a single night and chronicles the death of Abraham Lincoln’s 11-year-old son Willie using the accounts of hundreds of narrators.
More about George Saunders
- Saunders is a professor at Syracuse University
- In the year 2013, he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine
- He has previously won the Folio Prize and Story Prize for his short story collection Tenth of December
- Lincoln in the Bardo is his ninth book
- The Texas-born author, who lives in New York, was previously best known for his short stories
- In 2006, he was awarded both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship, while in 2009 he received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Listed below are the previous years’ winners of Man Booker Prize
2016: Paul Beatty, The Sellout
2015: Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings
2014: Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North
2008: Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger
About the Man Booker Prize
- The prize, which was launched in 1969, aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom
- The winner of The Man Booker Prize receives 50,000 British Pound and trophy and, like all the shortlisted authors, a cheque for 2,500 British Pound and a designer bound copy of their book
- It was only in the year 2014 that the prize was opened to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK. Previously, the prize was open only to authors from the UK and Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe.