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On Tuesday, it was announced that the prestigious Man Booker Award, which is given to the best English language novel published in the United Kingdom, was awarded to the American, George Saunders. It was for his 2017 book Lincoln in Bardo.
The novel is about Abraham Lincoln and how, in his grief over the death of his son Willie, the President visited Willie’s crypt in Georgetown’s Oak Hill Cemetery to hold his corpse.
While this is certainly one of the more notable literary works to take place in whole or in part in Georgetown, it is certainly not the first. Continue reading