Raymond Carver

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Raymond Carver

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