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Title:
Conversations with Raymond Carver
Author:
Carver, Raymond.
Publication Information:
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
xxviii, 259 pages : portrait ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Series statement from jacket.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780878054480

9780878054497
Format :
Book

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Central Library PS3553.A7894 Z6 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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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.


Summary

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.


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Booklist Review

Despite his premature death two years ago, the influence of Raymond Carver on the writing of the short story in this country is still palpable. (He's the best of his generation, say many critics.) In the 25 interviews gathered here, conducted between 1977 and 1988, Carver proves himself to be as succinct and unfussy as his prose. Not a reluctant interviewee, Carver nonetheless was obviously opposed to verbal expansiveness when sitting down to talk with people about his writing. Yet there is a wealth of thought in these pieces. His personal writing habits are only part of the picture; from where his muse came and his perpetual struggles to control or at least contain it is the heart of the matter arising from these conversations. Any fiction writer should spend time absorbing what Carver has to say here. To be indexed. ~--Brad Hooper


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