Raymond Carver Biography

This Biography consists of approximately 18 pages of information about the life of Raymond Carver.
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Appreciative of Anne Tyler's description of him as a "spendthrift," Raymond Carver said during an interview with Kasia Boddy (in Conversations with Raymond Carver, 1990), "I think a writer ought to spend himself in whatever he's doing. If a writer starts holding back, that can be a very bad thing. I've always squandered." Selecting Ernest Hemingway, Gustave Flaubert, Leo Tolstoy, and Anton Chekhov as models for craft, passion, and integrity, Carver drew upon a "bedrock honesty," according to his friend Tobias Wolff (in DLB Yearbook: 1988 ), to deliver "the news from one world to another." Deemed a spokesperson for blue-collar despair, Carver wrote with the authenticity of experience. His obsessions (Carver disapproved of the word themes) included male-female relationships, confronting loss, and survival. Spanning twelve years, his four major short-story collections, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please" (1976), What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981), Cathedral (1983), and Where I'm...

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