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Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life
 
 
Author
Carol Sklenicka.
Publisher Scribner  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.75 inches
ISBN 9780743262453
Pages/Publication Date 578/2009
Daedalus Item Code 21222
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(One of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of 2009) The Times of London called Raymond Carver "the American Chekhov." Carver thought of himself as "a lucky man" whose renunciation of alcohol allowed him to live "ten years longer than I or anyone expected." In that last decade, Carver became a leading figure in a resurgence of the short story; readers embraced his precise, sad, often funny and poignant tales of ordinary people and their troubles. Since Carver died in 1988 at age 50, his legacy has been mythologized by admirers and tainted by controversy over a zealous editor's shaping of his first two story collections. Carol Sklenicka penetrates the myths and controversies, offering a fresh appreciation of his work and an unbiased, vivid portrait of the writer.

"Raymond Carver's stories and poems are still very much alive, and thanks to Carol Sklenicka's biography, Ray the writer comes to life again. This is a remarkable book, very thorough and deeply moving. I knew Ray, and now I know him better than ever."—Richard Cortez Day

 
 
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