The New York Times (NYT) has published the obituary of George Saunders, a writer of classic American short stories.
Saunders died Wednesday night at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, where he had been hospitalized since early July with a blood clot in his heart.
He was 86.
He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who had been a contributing editor at The Times since 1983.
In 1972, Saunders, then writing for The New Yorker, wrote a novel, The Boy Who Cryed Wolf, which won the Pulitzer Prize.
He also wrote The New World of Arthur Conan Doyle, which was adapted into a movie starring Christopher Walken in 1974.
The book, about a man in a haunted house who discovers the truth about his father’s murder, won a Pulitzer, and it was the first novel to win the National Book Award.
Samples of the book’s stories have appeared in dozens of anthologies, including the Pulitzer-winning, Pulitzer-prize-winning The Catcher in the Rye, the National Magazine Award-winning Black Mirror, and the National Poetry Center’s Best Book of the Year.
Songs from the Book of Amos, a children’s novel, were also among his awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992.
Safarsi said he knew Saunders from his time working as a staff writer at The New Republic, which he joined in 1972.
“His writing was always a little bit off, and he always was very interested in how things were, how they were done,” he said.
“He always felt like he had something to say.
He never really cared about the form, and when he felt like something was wrong, he would say it, and then he would write something else.”
A former editor for The Atlantic, Saunders also edited the short-story collections The Great Gatsby and the Black Swan.
The literary journal Poetry Today called Saunders one of the most important American short-fiction writers.
“In short, his stories are extraordinary.
Their power, their clarity, their depth are all a matter of art,” said Peter H. Hartman, the editor-in-chief of the journal.
“The breadth of his imagination, the ability to create an imaginative world, and his mastery of language, as well as his knack for characterization, made him one of a kind.”
The Times biography was posted online on Thursday and was first reported by The Washington Post.