CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

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CivilWarLand in Bad Decline
cover of the 1st trade paperback edition (February 1, 1997)
Author George Saunders
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Random House
Publication date
January 16, 1996
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 192
ISBN 9780679448129
OCLC 820870821
Preceded by None
Followed by Pastoralia

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline is the first book by American writer George Saunders. It was published in 1996. It's also his debut story collection, consisting of six short stories and a novella. Many of the stories initially appeared in different forms in various magazines, including Kenyon Review, Harper's, The New Yorker and Quarterly West. The collection was a New York Times Notable Book for 1996,[1] as well as a finalist for the 1996 PEN/Hemingway Award.[2][3]


  • "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline" (Kenyon Review, 1992)
  • "Isabelle" (Indiana Review, 1994; reprinted in Harper's, 1994)
  • "The Wavemaker Falters" (Witness, 1993)
  • "The 400-Pound CEO" (Harper's, 1993)
  • "Offloading for Mrs. Schwartz" (The New Yorker, 1992)
  • "Downtrodden Mary's Failed Campaign of Terror" (Quarterly West, 1992)
  • "Bounty" (Harper's, 1995)

Awards, Honors and Other Appearances[edit]