Conversations with Raymond Carver

Conversations with Raymond Carver

by Raymond Carver, William L. Stull, Marshall Bruce Gentry
     
 

This collection of Raymond Carver's interviews reveals him to have been perhaps the premier short-story writer of his generation, a lyric-narrative poet of singular resonance, and a staunch proponent of realistic fiction in the wake of postmodern formalism. The twenty-five conversations gathered here, several available in English for the first time, include craft

Overview

This collection of Raymond Carver's interviews reveals him to have been perhaps the premier short-story writer of his generation, a lyric-narrative poet of singular resonance, and a staunch proponent of realistic fiction in the wake of postmodern formalism. The twenty-five conversations gathered here, several available in English for the first time, include craft interviews, biographical portraits, self-analyses, and wide-ranging reflections on the current literary scene.

Carver discusses his changing views of his widely influential fiction collections What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981), Cathedral (1983), and Where I'm Calling From (1988). Carver explains how at the height of his fame as a fiction writer he turned to poetry, producing three prize-winning books in as many years. Finally, in the closing months of his life, he talks about the coming of his last triumphant stories, the ones that secured his reputation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878054480
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
10/01/1990
Pages:
259

Meet the Author

One of the most influential writers of the 1970s and '80s, Raymond Carver forged a new kind of language for telling stories that was spare, raw, and emotionally resonant. His first collection, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please was a National Book Award nominee; his third, Cathedral, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. In 1988, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died later that year, shortly after completing the poems of A New Path to the Waterfall.

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