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Raymond Carver by Carol Sklenicka
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Feb 08, 10

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Not merely a great biography, but often an astute critical assessment of Carver's writing as well (San Francisco Chronicle), Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life breaks new ground by tying the significant events of Carver's life to his stories and then using those connections as a means of studying both the man and his work. Though the Christian Science Monitor took issue with Sklenicka's focus on the unsavory details of the author's private life, critics were generally satisfied with Sklenicka's scrupulous research and analysis, recognizing that these same details informed the better part of Carver's luminous fiction. Without diminishing Sklenicka's astute examination, this incisive and "grimly compelling" (Seattle Times) biography's greatest achievement will be sending readers back to the bookshelf to rediscover Carver for themselves. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.
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