Raymond Carver

more photos (1)





Raymond Carver

Author profile


born
in Clatskanie, Oregon, The United States
May 25, 1938

died
August 02, 1988

gender
male

genre

influences


About this author

Carver was born into a poverty-stricken family at the tail-end of the Depression. The son of a violent alcoholic, he married at 19, started a series of menial jobs and his own career of 'full-time drinking as a serious pursuit'. A career that would eventually kill him. Constantly struggling to support his wife and family Carver enrolled in a writing programme under author John Gardner in 1958 and he saw this as a turning point.
Rejecting the more experimental fiction of the 60s and 70s, he pioneered a precisionist realism reinventing the American short story during the eighties, heading the line of so-called 'dirty realists' or 'K-mart realists'. Set in trailer parks and shopping malls they are stories of banal lives that turn on a seeminlgy
...more


Average rating: 4.25 · 82,928 ratings · 4,671 reviews · 86 distinct works · Similar authors
What We Talk About When We ...
4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 22,199 ratings — published 1981 — 50 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Cathedral
4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 15,208 ratings — published 1983 — 56 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Where I'm Calling From: New...
4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 14,021 ratings — published 1988 — 27 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Will You Please Be Quiet, P...
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 7,568 ratings — published 1976 — 39 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Short Cuts: Selected Stories
by
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 3,392 ratings — published 1993 — 19 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories
4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 1,317 ratings — published 1977 — 17 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
All of Us: The Collected Poems
4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 1,242 ratings — published 1988 — 9 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Collected Stories
by
4.62 of 5 stars 4.62 avg rating — 1,059 ratings — published 2006 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Call If You Need Me: The Un...
by
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 1,321 ratings — published 2001 — 17 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
A New Path to the Waterfall
by
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 647 ratings — published 1989 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Raymond Carver…
“And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth.”
Raymond Carver

“I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone's heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark.”
Raymond Carver

“Woke up this morning with a terrific urge to lie in bed all day and read.”
Raymond Carver

Polls

Short Stuff Poll #4: Pick our March short story author

 
  18 votes, 50.0%

 
  14 votes, 38.9%

 
  4 votes, 11.1%

17 comments
More...

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
The Critical Beat...: Top Ten Books Read in 2008? 5 614 Feb 19, 2009 05:14PM  
Challenge: 50 Books: Collections of Short Stories 15 327 Nov 26, 2009 04:35AM  
The Next Best Boo...: Authors to Read 24 255 Jan 18, 2010 10:33AM  
College Students! : Short stories 18 206 Jun 12, 2010 05:13AM  
The Seasonal Read...: This topic has been closed to new comments. Summer Challenge 2010 Completed Tasks (do NOT delete any posts in this thread) 3059 3043 Sep 01, 2010 02:39PM  
The Seasonal Read...: Summer 2010 'Style' Completed Tasks 622 487 Sep 01, 2010 10:16PM  
The Jezebel Book ...: Favorite Authors 9 49 Sep 09, 2010 03:42AM  
College Students! : Required Reading That You Enjoyed 57 314 Nov 28, 2010 02:07AM  
Reading with Style: General Challenge Questions & Answers 131 69 Feb 11, 2011 12:07AM