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Raymond Carver

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Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His first collection of stories, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please (a National Book Award nominee in 1977), was followed by What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Cathedral (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1984), and Where I'm Calling From in 1988, when he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died in August of that year, shortly after completing the poems of A New Path to the Waterfall.

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All of Us
The Collected Poems
Written by Raymond Carver


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $16.95

"I began as a poet, my first publication was a poem. So I suppose on my tombstone I'd be very pleased if they put 'Poet and short-story writer--and occasional essayist' in that order."

Raymond Carver's poems--more than three hundred in all--are collected in this volume, allowing readers to experience their full range... Read more >

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American Short Story Masterpieces

Edited by Raymond Carver and Tom Jenks


Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: April 2, 1989
Price: $7.99

From works by Malmud, O'Connor, and Baldwin to a rich sampling of postwar-generation writers such as Beattie, Wolff, and Mason, this collection includes thirty-six stories from the past four decades. Read more >

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Call If You Need Me
The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose
Written by Raymond Carver


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $15.95

A VINTAGE CONTEMPORARIES ORIGINAL

A literary event: Raymond Carver’s complete uncollected fiction and nonfiction, including the recently discovered “last” stories, found a decade after Carver’s death and published here in book form for the first time.

Call If You Need Me includes all of the prose previously collected in No Heroics, Please, four... Read more >

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Cathedral

Written by Raymond Carver


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 18, 1989
Price: $15.00

"A dozen stories that overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life...Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty...his eye set only on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart."--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

"Cathedral contains... Read more >

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Fires
Essays, Poems, Stories
Written by Raymond Carver


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 18, 1989
Price: $15.00

More than sixty stories, poems, and essays are included in this wide-ranging collection by the gifted and versatile Raymond Carver.

Essays include:
My Father's Life
On Writing
Fires
John Gardner: The Writer as Teacher

Poems include:
Drinking While Driving
Luck
Distress Sale
Bankruptcy
Alcohol
Looking For Work
You Don't Know What Love Is

Stories include:
Distance
The Lie
The Cabin
Harry's Death
The Pheasant
Where Is Everyone?
So Much Water So... Read more >

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Short Cuts
Selected Stories
Written by Raymond Carver
Introduction by Robert Altman


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 14, 1993
Price: $14.00

The nine stories and one poem collected in this volume form the basis for an astonishingly original new film of the same title, directed by Robert Altman. These now-classic stories, when read together, form a searing and indelible portrait of American innocence and loss. With deadpan humor and enormous tenderness, Short... Read more >

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Ultramarine
Poems
Written by Raymond Carver


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1987
Price: $15.95

"Mr. Carver is heir to that most appealing American poetic voice, the lyricism of Theodore Roethke and James Wright... this book is a treasure, one to return to. No one's brevity is as rich, as complete, as Raymond Carver's."
--New York Times Book Review

"Carver's gifts as a storyteller shine through his poetry....... Read more >

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Stories
Written by Raymond Carver


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 18, 1989
Price: $15.00

In his second collection of stories, as in his first, Carver's characters are peripheral people--people without education, insight or prospects, people too unimaginative to even give up. Carver celebrates these men and women. Read more >

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Where I'm Calling From
Selected Stories
Written by Raymond Carver


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 18, 1989
Price: $16.00

A major collection of Carver's short stories, including seven new stories written shortly before the author's death in 1988. Read more >

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Where Water Comes Together with Other Water
Poems
Written by Raymond Carver


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 1986
Price: $15.00

Awarded Poetry Magazine's Levinson Prize

"Over the years, Raymond Carver has been writing poetry alongside his fiction...and the most vigorous poems in this new collection function as distilled, heightened versions of his stories, offering us fugitive glimpses of ordinary lives on the edge."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"There is a severity... Read more >

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Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?
Stories
Written by Raymond Carver


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 9, 1992
Price: $15.95

With his first collection of stories, Raymond Carver breathed new life into the American short story. Here, Carver shows us the humor and tragedy that dwell in the hearts of ordinary people; his stories are classics of our time.

"The whole collection is a knockout. Few writers can match Raymond Carver's entwining... Read more >
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