Raymond Carver - Author

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Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His first short stories appeared in Esquire during Gordon Lish’s tenure as fiction editor in the 1970s. Carver’s work began to reach a wider audience with the 1976 publication of Will You Please be Quiet, Please, but it was not until the 1981 publication of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love under Gordon Lish, then at Knopf, that he began to achieve real literary fame. This collection was edited by more than 40 per cent before publication, and Carver dedicated it to his fellow writer and future wife, Tess Gallagher, with the promise that he would one day republish his stories at full length. He went on to write two more collections of stories, Cathedral and Elephant, which moved away from the earlier minimalist style into a new expansiveness, as well as several collections of poetry. He died in 1988, aged fifty.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love / Beginners

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love / Beginners

Author: Raymond Carver Format: eBook Release Date: 14/05/2015

A Vintage Shorts ';Short Story Month' SelectionFrom one of the most celebrated short-story writers in American literature, the story that launched a thousand homages, in word and filma haunting meditation on love and companionship, and finding one's way through the dark.';What We Talk About When We Talk About Love' is included here with its unedited version, ';Beginners,' which was originally submitted to Carver's editor, Gordon Lish. In this eShort, readers can compare both versions of this iconic work of fiction, gaining insight into Carver's aesthetic and the foundations of the contemporary American short story.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (Mandarin Edition)

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (Mandarin Edition)

Author: Raymond Carver Format: eBook Release Date: 25/02/2014

In his second collection of stories, as in his first, Carver's characters are peripheral people--people without education, insight or prospects, people too unimaginative to even give up. Carver celebrates these men and women.17

All Of Us (Mandarin Edition)

All Of Us (Mandarin Edition)

Author: Raymond Carver Format: eBook Release Date: 25/02/2014

This complete edition brings together all the poems of Carver's five previous books, from Fires to the posthumously published No Heroics, Please. It also contains bibliographical and textual notes on individual poems; a chronology of Carver's life and work; and a moving introduction by Carver's widow, the poet Tess Gallagher.

Cathedral (Mandarin Edition)

Cathedral (Mandarin Edition)

Author: Raymond Carver Format: eBook Release Date: 25/02/2014

Cathedral is a collection of short stories that overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life. These similar stories, very skillful within their narrow limits, were written with a dry intensity, and moving, at their climaxes, from the commonplace to the unnerving.1983,,

Call If You Need Me (Mandarin Edition)

Call If You Need Me (Mandarin Edition)

Author: Raymond Carver Format: eBook Release Date: 25/02/2014

Call If You Need Me includes all of the prose previously collected in No Heroics, Please, four essays from Fires, and those five marvelous stories that range over the period of Carver's mature writing and give his devoted readers a final glimpse of the great writer at work.

Fires (Mandarin Edition)

Fires (Mandarin Edition)

Author: Raymond Carver Format: eBook Release Date: 25/02/2014

A disparate collection of work bound by a unity of vision and obsession.

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (Mandarin Edition)

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (Mandarin Edition)

Author: Raymond Carver Format: eBook Release Date: 25/02/2014

With this, his first collection of stories, Raymond Carver breathed new life into the American short story. Carver shows us the humor and tragedy that dwell in the hearts of ordinary people; his stories are the classics of our time.,?19761977

Fires (Mandarin Edition)

Fires (Mandarin Edition)

Author: Raymond Carver Format: eBook Release Date: 17/12/2013

A disparate collection of work bound by a unity of vision and obsession.

Call If You Need Me (Mandarin Edition)

Call If You Need Me (Mandarin Edition)

Author: Raymond Carver Format: eBook Release Date: 17/12/2013

Call If You Need Me includes all of the prose previously collected in No Heroics, Please, four essays from Fires, and those five marvelous stories that range over the period of Carver's mature writing and give his devoted readers a final glimpse of the great writer at work.

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (Mandarin Edition)

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (Mandarin Edition)

Author: Raymond Carver Format: eBook Release Date: 17/12/2013

With this, his first collection of stories, Raymond Carver breathed new life into the American short story. Carver shows us the humor and tragedy that dwell in the hearts of ordinary people; his stories are the classics of our time.,?19761977

Beginners

Beginners

Author: Raymond Carver Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/10/2010

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is Carver's most famous collection of short stories and remians one of the most influential pieces of modern literature to date. But the original, unedited manuscript, Beginners - published here for the first time, was almost fifty per cent longer than the published collection. This restored version of Carver's stories reveals what was previously unsaid, filling in the narrative silences that have both inspired and mystified readers for so long. Beginners is a fascinating insight into the aesthetic of a literary great and, in the questions it raises, may just spark off one of the great cultural debates of our times.

Fires

Fires

Author: Raymond Carver Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/11/2009

Fires is the best introduction to the full range and humanity of Carver's writing. It contains four essays, including a moving memoir od his father's working life in the saw-mills of the Pacific Northwest, a tribute to his mentor John Gardner, and the title essay about the influences on his writing life; fifty poems, many of them not collected elsewhere; and seven stories, including three from the early collection Furious Seasons.

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

Author: Raymond Carver Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/11/2009

With this, his first collection, Carver breathed new life into the short story. In the pared-down style that has since become his hallmark, Carver showed how humour and tragedy dwell in the hearts of ordinary people, and won a readership that grew with every subsequent brilliant collection of stories, poems and essays that appeared in the last eleven years of his life.

Cathedral

Cathedral

Author: Raymond Carver Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/11/2009

Raymond Carver said it was possible 'to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language and endow these things - a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman's earring - with immense, even startling power'. Nowhere is this alchemy more striking than in the title story of Cathedral in which a blind man guides the hand of a sighted man as together they draw the cathedral the blind man can never see. Many view this story, and indeed this collection, as a watershed in the maturing of Carver's work to a more confidently poetic style.

Elephant

Elephant

Author: Raymond Carver Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/10/2009

These seven stories were the last that Carver wrote. Among them is one of his longest, 'Errand', in which he imagines the death of Chekhov, a writer Carver hugely admired and to whose work his own was often compared. This fine story suggests that the greatest of modern short-story writers may, in the year before his untimely death, have been flexing his muscles for a longer work.

Call If You Need Me

Call If You Need Me

Author: Raymond Carver Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/06/2001

When he died in August 1988, Raymond Carver had just published what were thought to be his last stories in the collection entitled Elephant and his own collection of stories, Where I'm Calling from. Five previously unpublished stories have recently been discovered, and this new volume brings together all of his uncollected fiction, including a fragment of an unfinished novel, five early stories, and all of his non-fiction prose. Three of these late-found stories are fine examples of Carver's late, open style, while two date from his middle period. The non-fiction prose includes all of his essays, together with occasional commentary on his own fiction and poetry, writings on the American short story, and reviews of work by his contemporaries, among them Donald Barthelme, Richard Brautigan, Jim Harrison, Thomas McGuane and Richard Ford. Also included is Carver's latest essay Friendship , about a London reunion with Richard Ford and Tobias Wolff. Call If You Need Me takes us into Carver's workshop, and alongside All of Us: The Collected Poems and Where I'm Calling from: The Selected Stories completes the picture of one of the most original writers in the English language of his generation.

All Of Us The Collected Poems

All Of Us The Collected Poems

Author: Raymond Carver, Tess Gallagher Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/09/1997

Raymond Carver, who became a master-storyteller of his generation and was hailed in Europe as 'the American Chekhov', wrote of himself: I began as a poet. My first publication was a poem. So I suppose on my tombstone I'd be very pleased if they put 'Poet and short-story writer - and occasional essayist', in that order. This complete edition allows readers to experience the range and overwhelming power of Carver's poetry for the first time. It brings together in the order of their American publication the poems of Fires (1985), Where Water Comes Together with Other Water (1986), Ultramarine (1988), A New Path to the Waterfall (1989) and No Heroics, Please (1991). For readers who know Carver's middle period only through his selected poems, In a Marine Light (1988), it includes the windfall of 51 poems not previously published in Britain. All of Us is edited by Professor William L. Stull of the University of Hartford, and introduced with an essay on Raymond Carver's methods of composition by his widow, the poet Tess Gallagher.

Short Cuts

Short Cuts

Author: Raymond Carver Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/03/1994

'I look at all of Carver's work as just one story, for his stories are all occurences, all about things that just happen to people and cause their lives to take a turn... In formulating the mosaic of the film Short Cuts, which is based on these nine stories and a poem, 'Lemonade', I've tried to do the same thing- to give the audience one look... But it all began here. I was a reader turning these pages. Trying on these lives' - Robert Altman in his introduction.

Where I'm Calling From

Where I'm Calling From

Author: Raymond Carver Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/1993

Shortly before he died, America's laureate of the dispossessed made his own selection from his short stories, revised the texts and published them in this authorative edition. The stories in Where I'm Calling From are selected from the full range of the author's work including Furious Seasons, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?, What We Talk about When We Talk about Love, and Cathedral and include all seven stories from his last collection, Elephant.

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