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Raymond Carver - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Raymond Carver

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Raymond Carver, American short story writer and poet
Raymond Carver   (1938 - 1988)
 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  May 25, 1938
Clatskanie, Oregon, United States
 
Died:  August 2, 1988
Port Angeles, Washington, United States
 
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Raymond Carver - LIFE STORIES
 
 
5/25/1938     The Births of Raymond Carver
On this day in 1938 Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, the family moving three years later to Yakima, Washington. Carver's biographical essay, "My Father's Life," tells about his upbringing what his highly-acclaimed stories tell about others: the grind of poverty, the ruin of alcohol, the endless threat of breakdown and break-up, the resolve of those who keep going when their only sure direction is down.
7/4/1977     Raymond Carver's Two Lives
At the age of forty, Raymond Carver was one of the most promising writers of his generation; he was also near ruin in every way from alcoholism. At fifty, and at the end of his "miraculous second life" -- the alcohol conquered, but now beaten by cancer -- Carver would count himself blessed, and many scholars would count him among the top few short story writers of modern literature.
9/14/1982     John Gardner, Raymond Carver
On this day in 1982 the novelist and scholar John Gardner died at the age of forty-nine in a motorcycle accident. Gardner's novels range from the award-winning October Light, in which a crochety New Englander takes a shotgun to his television, to Grendel, a retelling of the Beowulf story by the troubled monster himself: "I observe myself observing what I observe. It startles me.... No thread, no frailest hair between myself and the universal clutter!"
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
All of Us: The Collected Poems
poetry
 
Carver Country: The World of Raymond Carver
by Raymond Carver, Bob Adelman (Photographer)
letters, biography, photography
 
Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories
essays, fiction, poetry
 
Short Cuts: Selected Stories
fiction
 
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
fiction
 
Where I'm Calling from: New and Selected Stories
fiction
 
Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?
fiction
 
 
FIND BOOKS BY RAYMOND CARVER AT Powell's Books
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Raymond Carver: An Oral Biography
by Sam Halpert
biography, interviews
 
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Interview with Don Swaim
"In this 1983 interview with Don Swaim, the short story writer and poet, Raymond Carver, talks about growing up in the Pacific Northwest, his writing life, and his struggle with alcoholism." (29 minutes)

A discussion about Carver's short stories is also available.
Raymond Carver Web Site (Whitman College)
biography, literary criticism and analysis
Offers a biography, chronology of life events, audio recordings and photographs. An essay explores themes and imagery in short stories including "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love," "Put Yourself in My Shoes," "What's in Alaska," "After the Denim," and "Feathers."
Two Interviews with Raymond Carver
"Stories don't come out of thin air. There's a spark. And that's the kind of story that most interests me. For example, for 'Fat,' my wife, my first wife, worked as a waitress and she came home one night and told me she had had an enormous man for a customer who spoke of himself in the first person plural: 'We would like some more bread . . . We are going to have the dessert Special.' That struck me; I found that extraordinary. ... Much later, then, I sat down to work and asked myself what would be the best way to tell this story. It was a conscious decision. I decided to write from the viewpoint of the waitress, not my wife, but the waitress."
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