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Raymond Carver

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 August 2, 1988, shortly after completing the poems of A New Path to the Waterfall.


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All of Us
Written by Raymond Carver
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2000
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-70380-5 (0-375-70380-2)

"Carver's poetry is like an almost invisible strand of fishing line reeling us all together, connecting us by the heart." --San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle

This prodigiously rich collection suggests that Raymond Carver was not only America's finest writer of short fiction, but also one of its most large-hearted and affecting poets.  Like... Read more

American Short Story Masterpieces
Edited by Raymond Carver and Tom Jenks
Dell | Paperback | April 1989
$7.99/11.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-20423-7 (0-440-20423-2)

This highly Acclaimed collection of short stories by American writers contains only the best literary art of the past four decades. With a bias toward realism editors Raymond Carver and Tom Jenks have selected fiction that “tells a story”–and tells it with a masterful handling of language, situation, and insight.

But what... Read more

Written by Raymond Carver
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 15, 2015
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-94792-5 (0-307-94792-0)

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Call If You Need Me
Written by Raymond Carver
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2001
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-72628-6 (0-375-72628-4)


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

Written by Raymond Carver
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 1989
$15.00/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-72369-1 (0-679-72369-2)

"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

Written by Raymond Carver
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 1989
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-72239-7 (0-679-72239-4)

"You should read Fires now. These stories and poems...show the enormous talent of Raymond Carver beginning to take hold."

-- San Francisco Chronicle

"Seminal in Carver studies...A disparate collection of work bound by a unity of vision and obsession."

-- Los Angeles Herald Examiner

"Carver's most revealing book...This collection confirms the worth of Raymond Carver's... Read more

Short Cuts
Written by Raymond Carver, Introduction by Robert Altman
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 1993
$14.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-74864-9 (0-679-74864-4)

A movie tie-in edition to the brilliant new film by Robert Altman, based on these nine stories by Carver, "one of the great short story writers of our time--of any time" (Philadelphia Inquirer). Read more

Written by Raymond Carver
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 1987
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-394-75535-9 (0-394-75535-9)

"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

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Written by Raymond Carver
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 1989
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-72305-9 (0-679-72305-6)

Featured in the Academy Award-winning (Best Picture) film Birdman starring Michael Keaton

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

Where I'm Calling From
Written by Raymond Carver
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 1989
$16.00/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-72231-1 (0-679-72231-9)

By the time of his early death in 1988, Raymond Carver had established himself as one of the great practitioners of the American short story, a writer who had not only found his own voice but imprinted it in the imaginations of thousands of readers. Where I'm Calling From, his last... Read more

Where Water Comes Together with Other Water
Written by Raymond Carver
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1986
$15.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-394-74327-1 (0-394-74327-X)

A vast collection of poems which won "Poetry" magazine's Levinson prize."Somehow the nuances of daily experience, the warmth, humor, and reflection the poet brings to subjects are quite unlike anyone else's." - J.Parisi Read more

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?
Written by Raymond Carver
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 1992
$15.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-73569-4 (0-679-73569-0)

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