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Raymond Carver: Collected Stories (2009) [Omnibus Volume]
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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," 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 Cathedral and 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 Stories provides 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 Love that 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 relationship between writer and editor, Beginners expands our sense of Carver and is essential reading for anyone who cares about his achievement.


  • Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?
    • Fat
    • Neighbors
    • The Idea
    • Theyíre Not Your Husband
    • Are You a Doctor?
    • The Father
    • Nobody Said Anything
    • Sixty Acres
    • Whatís in Alaska?
    • Night School
    • Collectors
    • What Do You Do in San Francisco?
    • The Studentís Wife
    • Put Yourself in My Shoes
    • Jerry and Molly and Sam
    • Why, Honey?
    • The Ducks
    • How About This?
    • Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarets
    • What Is It?
    • Signals
    • Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?
  • from Furious Seasons and Other Stories
    • Pastoral
    • Furious Seasons
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
    • Why Donít You Dance?
    • Viewfinder
    • Mr. Coffee and Mr. Fixit
    • Gazebo
    • I Could See the Smallest Things
    • Sacks
    • The Bath
    • Tell the Women Weíre Going
    • After the Denim
    • So Much Water So Close to Home
    • The Third Thing That Killed My Father Off
    • A Serious Talk
    • The Calm
    • Popular Mechanics
    • Everything Stuck to Him
    • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
    • One More Thing
  • Stories from Fires
    • The Lie
    • The Cabin
    • Harryís Death
    • The Pheasant
  • Cathedral
    • Feathers
    • Chefís House
    • Preservation
    • The Compartment
    • A Small, Good Thing
    • Vitamins
    • Careful
    • Where Iím Calling From
    • The Train
    • Fever
    • The Bridle
    • Cathedral
  • from Where Iím Calling From
    • Boxes
    • Whoever Was Using This Bed
    • Intimacy
    • Menudo
    • Elephant
    • Blackbird Pie
    • Errand
  • Other Fiction
    • The Hair
    • The Aficionados
    • Poseidon and Company
    • Bright Red Apples
    • from The Augustine Notebooks
    • Kindling
    • What Would You Like to See?
    • Dreams
    • Vandals
    • Call If You Need Me
  • Selected Essays
    • My Fatherís Life
    • On Writing
    • Fires
    • Authorís Note to Where Iím Calling From
  • Beginners (The Manuscript Version of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love)
    • Why Donít You Dance?
    • Viewfinder
    • Where Is Everyone?
    • Gazebo
    • Want to See Something?
    • The Fling
    • A Small, Good Thing
    • Tell the Women Weíre Going
    • If It Please You
    • So Much Water So Close to Home
    • Dummy
    • Pie
    • The Calm
    • Mine
    • Distance
    • Beginners
    • One More Thing

Original title: Raymond Carver: Collected Stories
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classicsPost-modern, Avant-garde, & Experimental

The following works are contained within this one:
     Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976) [Collection]
      Author: Raymond Carver
     Popular Mechanics (1977) [Short Story]
      Author: Raymond Carver
     Errand (1987) [Short Story]
      Author: Raymond Carver
     What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1987) [Collection]
      Author: Raymond Carver

Edition #1: Raymond Carver: Collected Stories

Raymond Carver: Collected Stories (2009)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: William L. Stull Maureen P. Carroll
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Raymond Carver: Collected Stories (2009)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Library of America
ISBN: 9781598530469
Pages: 1019

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