Raymond Carver: a writer's life

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The first biography of america’s best-known short story writer of the late twentieth century.

The London Times called Raymond Carver "the American Chekhov." The beloved, mischievous, but more modest short-story writer and poet thought of himself as "a lucky man" whose renunciation of alcohol allowed him to live "ten years longer than I or anyone expected."

In that last decade, Carver became the leading figure in a resurgence of the short story. Readers embraced his precise, sad, often funny and poignant tales of ordinary people and their troubles: poverty, drunkenness, embittered marriages, difficulties brought on by neglect rather than intent. Since Carver died in 1988 at age fifty, his legacy has been mythologized by admirers and tainted by controversy over a zealous editor’s shaping of his first two story collections.

Carol Sklenicka penetrates the myths and controversies. Her decade-long search of archives across the United States and her extensive interviews with Carver’s relatives, friends, and colleagues have enabled her to write the definitive story of the iconic literary figure. Laced with the voices of people who knew Carver intimately, her biography offers a fresh appreciation of his work and an unbiased, vivid portrait of the writer.

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table_of_contents Pt. I: Beginnings -- Raymond Junior -- Yakima Valley -- Vocation -- Cigarettes, beer, jazz -- Crazy in love -- Furious years -- A story of he and she -- The Athens of the Midwest -- Pt. II: Search -- Grinding and sharpening -- Were those actual miles? -- Luck -- Reading Mark Twain in Tel Aviv -- The sixties end -- A friend in New York -- Pt. III: Success and discontent -- A story in Esquire -- The illusion of freedom -- Astounding and amazing times -- Drowning -- Will you please be quiet, please? -- Pt. IV: Recovery -- Celebrated and homeless -- Sobriety -- Separation -- Beginning, again -- What we talk about when we talk about love -- Fires -- Pt. V: Triumph -- Cathedral -- Where water comes together with other water -- Ultramarine -- Where I'm calling from -- A new path to the waterfall -- Epilogue.
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