Where I'm Calling From Essay

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In the following essay, Haslam compares the original story, published in the New Yorker, to the version published in Carver's collection Where I'm Calling From.

Raymond Carver liked to revise his stories He won critical acclaim from reviewers and academics alike for rewriting "The Bath" from What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981) into "A Small, Good Thing" for Cathedral (1983), and he published in Fires (1984) a selection of revised stories as well as an essay on his practice. It is hardly surprising that there are three published versions of Carver's "Where I'm Calling From." The story initially appeared in the New Yorker (15 March 1982); it was significantly revised for Carver's highly praised Cathedral; and, With a few slight changes, was reprinted in his new and collected stories, Where I'm Calling From (1989) There are substantial differences between the first and last published versions of the story. These revisions-not...

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