Conversations with Raymond Carver

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1990 - Literary Criticism - 259 pages
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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.

 

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I am re-reading this marvelous book again beginning today, 4 April 2012, and hope I never put it back on the shelf. Read full review

Contents

AccoladeWinning Author Returns to Humboldt
3
Raymond Carver Speaking Robert Pope and Lisa McElhinny
11
Raymond Carver No Shortcuts to a Good Story
24
Raymond Carver Mono Simpson and Lewis Buzbee
31
Ray Carver Keeping It Short Kay Bonetti
53
Babcock Koontz 1986
62
A Voice from the Wasteland Patricia Morrisroe
68
A Chronicler of BlueCollar Despair
84
Raymond Carver Nicholas OConnell
133
Carvers World Roxanne Lawler
169
Matters of Life and Death William L Stall 111
177
Raymond Carver and His World
192
Raymond Carver David Applefield
204
An Interview with Raymond Carver
214
PW Interviews Raymond Carver Penelope Moffet
238
Ive Got a Book to Finish Im a Lucky Man Gianni Riotta
249

An Interview with Raymond Carver Larry McCaffery
98
Poetry Poverty and Realism Down in Carver Country
117

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