Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver : An Oral Biography

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Raymond Carver has become a literary icon for our time. When he died in 1988 at the age of fifty, he was acclaimed as the greatest influence on the American short story since Hemingway. Carver's friends were the stuff of legend as well. In this rich collection - greatly expanded from the earlier When We Talk about Raymond Carver - of interviews with close companions, acquaintances, and family, Sam Halpert has chronologically arranged the reminiscences of Carver's adult life, recalling his difficult "Bad Raymond" days through his second life as a recovering alcoholic and triumphantly successful writer. Some of America's most distinguished writers remember Raymond Carver in these pages, including Richard Ford, Leonard Michaels, Scott Turow, Tobias Wolff, Geoffrey Wolff, Chuck Kinder, William Kittredge, Stephen Dobyns, Douglas Unger, Dick Day, John Leggett, Donald Justice, Jay McInerney, and Robert Stone. His first wife, Maryann Carver, and their daughter, Chris Carver, also contribute their recollections of his early efforts to become a writer while struggling with poverty and alcoholism.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 203 pages
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa City, United States
  • English
  • 1587290995
  • 9781587290992

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"I don't know another book like this one. It is a biography, an appreciation, a recollection, and a shrewd critical assessment of a unique American writer--written by people who knew him best: his family, his friends, and his fellow writers. It will have to be read by anyone seriously interested in the fiction of Raymond Carver."--C. Michael Curtis, senior editor, "Atlantic Monthly"show more

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Raymond Carver has become a literary icon for our time. When he died in 1988 at the age of fifty, he was acclaimed as the greatest influence on the American short story since Hemingway. Carver's friends were the stuff of legend as well. In this rich collection - greatly expanded from the earlier When We Talk about Raymond Carver - of interviews with close companions, acquaintances, and family, Sam Halpert has chronologically arranged the reminiscences of Carver's adult life, recalling his difficult "Bad Raymond" days through his second life as a recovering alcoholic and triumphantly successful writer. Some of America's most distinguished writers remember Raymond Carver in these pages, including Richard Ford, Leonard Michaels, Scott Turow, Tobias Wolff, Geoffrey Wolff, Chuck Kinder, William Kittredge, Stephen Dobyns, Douglas Unger, Dick Day, John Leggett, Donald Justice, Jay McInerney, and Robert Stone. His first wife, Maryann Carver, and their daughter, Chris Carver, also contribute their recollections of his early efforts to become a writer while struggling with poverty and alcoholism.show more

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