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Raymond Carver by Sam Halpert
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bookshelves: carver, biography

Aside from the expected juicy biographical details from his "Bad Raymond" days, there are some amazing insights into his writing from a bunch of his writer friends: Richard Ford, Tobias and Geoffrey Wolff, Stephen Dobyns, Jay McInerny, etc. Their insights are interesting because they demonstrate a writer's understanding of the techniques Carver employed and this provides a completely different perspective than the one you get reading commentary from critics or book reviewers. And there is a great skirmish in the interviews between Halpert and Richard Ford, with Ford taking exception to Halpert’s pursuit of the autobiographical foundations in Carver’s stories, as well as the inevitable psychoanalysis that follows. Unfortunately, Tess Gallagher pulled her interviews at the last moment, so we don’t get that perspective on his later life.

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June 1, 2008 – Shelved
June 1, 2008 – Shelved as: carver
January 5, 2015 – Shelved as: biography

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