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Raymond Carver

ISBN: 9781598530469 | 1598530461
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Pub. Date: 8/20/2009

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Raymond Carverís spare dramas of loneliness, despair, and troubled relationships breathed new life into the American short story of the 1970s and í80s. In collections such as Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?and What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Carver wrote with unflinching exactness about men and women enduring lives on the knife-edge of poverty and other deprivations. Beneath his pared-down surfaces run disturbing, violent undercurrents. Suggestive rather than explicit, and seeming all the more powerful for what is left unsaid, Carverís stories were held up as exemplars of a new school in American fiction known as minimalism or dirty realism,Ē a movement whose wide influence continues to this day. Carverís stories were brilliant in their detachment and use of the oblique, ambiguous gesture, yet there were signs of a different sort of sensibility at work. In books such as Cathedraland the later tales included in the collected stories volume Where Iím Calling From, Carver revealed himself to be a more expansive writer than in the earlier published books, displaying Chekhovian sympathies toward his characters and relying less on elliptical effects. In gathering all of Carverís stories, including early sketches and posthumously discovered works, The Library of Americaís Collected Storiesprovides a comprehensive overview of Carverís career as we have come to know it: the promise of Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?and the breakthrough of What We Talk About, on through the departures taken in Cathedral and the pathos of the late stories. But it also prompts a fresh consideration of Carver by presenting Beginners, an edition of the manuscript of What We Talk About When We Talk About Lovethat Carver submitted to Gordon Lish, his editor and a crucial influence on his development. Lishís editing was so extensive that at one point Carver wrote him an anguished letter asking him not to publish the book; now, for the first time, readers can read both the manuscript and published versions of the collection that established Carver as a major American writer. Offering a fascinating window into the complex, fraught relation between writer and editor, Beginners expands our sense of Carver and is essential reading for anyone who cares about his achievement.

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