Will You Please be Quiet, Please?: Stories

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Vintage Books, 1976 - Fiction - 251 pages
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With this, his first collection of stories, Raymond Carver breathed new life into the American short story and instantly became both the recognized master of the form and one of our best-loved and most widely read fiction writers. His stories can "be counted among the masterpieces of American fiction".--The New York Times Book Review.

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Beautiful laconic prose. - Goodreads
Amazing prose from the master. - Goodreads
All of his shorts are wonderful, slice of life stories. - Goodreads
Pure poetry in prose. - Goodreads
You could almost feel Carver's progression as a writer. - Goodreads

Review: Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

User Review  - Shelley Rose - Goodreads

What took me so long to discover Raymond Carver? Like a surgeon, he expertly slices his characters open and trains a practiced, unflinching (if somewhat jaundiced) eye on what ails them. Each short ... Read full review

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User Review  - Katherine - Goodreads

This is my first attempt to read anything by Raymond Carver other than his story "Cathedral," which I remember as amazing, though it's been a long time. I've only read about four of the stories so far ... Read full review



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About the author (1976)

Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His first collection of stories, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please (a National Book Award nominee in 1977), was followed by What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Cathedral (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1984), and Where I'm Calling From in 1988, when he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died August 2, 1988, shortly after completing the poems of A New Path to the Waterfall.

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