CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

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CivilWarLand in Bad Decline
cover of the 1st trade paperback edition (February 1, 1997)
AuthorGeorge Saunders
CountryUnited States
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
January 16, 1996
Media typePrint (hardcover)

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline is a book of short stories and a novella by the American writer George Saunders. Published in 1996, it was Saunders's first book. 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 listed as a New York Times Notable Book of 1996,[1] as well as a finalist for the 1996 PEN/Hemingway Award.[2][3]


Story Originally published in Year
"CivilWarLand in Bad Decline" Kenyon Review 1992
"Isabelle" Indiana Review 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]

  • Two stories from the collection received the National Magazine Award for Fiction: "The 400-Pound CEO" in 1994, and "Bounty" in 1996.[4]