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Will You Please Be Quiet, Please  : Vintage Classics - Raymond Carver

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please

Vintage Classics


Published: December 2009
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With this, his first collection, Carver breathed new life into the short story. In the pared-down style that has since become his hallmark, Carver showed how humour and tragedy dwell in the hearts of ordinary people, and won a readership that grew with every subsequent brilliant collection of stories, poems and essays that appeared in the last eleven years of his life.

About the Author

Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His father was a saw-mill worker and his mother was a waitress and clerk. He married early and for years writing had to come second to earning a living for his young family. Despite, small-press publication, it was not until WILL YOU PLEASE BE QUIET PLEASE? appeared in 1976 that his work began to reach a wider audience.

"Carver has made himself the natural successor to his true mentor, Chekhov" Financial Times "He is alert to the unique, inconspicuous incident, when a life or a marriage may change course decisively" Sunday Telegraph "Carver's stories celebrate some lasting aspects of the human condition, however minimal, conjuring up a quality of fellow feeling which gives the stories a compelling, dry-eyed poignancy, a melancholy but intensely moving authenticity" -- William Boyd Daily Telegraph "There is nobody else like him. In some ways his pared-down style is an extreme development of the Hemingway style, but Carver writes about women and the ways men relate to them far more convincingly than Hemingway ever did" Frank Kermode "Carver is a master of the clear, sharp, resonant detail" Daily Telegraph

Fatp. 1
Neighborsp. 6
The Ideap. 12
They're Not Your Husbandp. 16
Are You a Doctor?p. 23
The Fatherp. 31
Nobody Said Anythingp. 33
Sixty Acresp. 47
What's in Alaska?p. 58
Night Schoolp. 70
Collectorsp. 76
What Do You Do in San Francisco?p. 82
The Students Wifep. 90
Put Yourself in My Shoesp. 97
Jerry and Molly and Samp. 111
Why, Honey?p. 123
The Ducksp. 128
How about This?p. 134
Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettesp. 141
Are These Actual Miles?p. 150
Signalsp. 158
Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?p. 164
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Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver was born in Oregon on 25 May 1938. He grew up in Washington State. His father was a sawmill worker and his mother a waitress.

Carver worked with his father in a sawmill in California and then as a deliveryman. He married his first wife—Maryann—and six months later a daughter was born. A son followed.

Carver enrolled at various colleges, where his studies concentrated on creative writing. Aged twenty-two, "The Furious Seasons"—his first published story—appeared in college magazine Selection. "The Brass Ring"—his first published poem—appeared in 1962, in the little magazine Targets.

In his late twenties, Carver filed for bankruptcy. His father died. He also got his first white collar job (textbook editor), his story "Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?" appeared in The Best American Short Stories 1967, and a college press published the poems Near Klamath—his first book.

Carver continued to move around, move jobs, and get stories and poems published. He began to lecture. He went bankrupt again and was hospitalized with acute alcoholism. In his late thirties, the stories Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? appeared—his first major-press book. Carver stopped drinking. He met Tess Gallagher, and he and Maryann separated. The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters awarded him a fellowship to write full-time. At forty-nine, doctors diagnosed cancer. They removed part of his left lung, but the cancer recurred. He had brain radiation treatment, but cancer reappeared.

Ray and Tess married in Reno, on Friday 17 June 1988. He died at home, in Washington State, on 2 August.

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ISBN: 9780099530343
ISBN-10: 0099530341
Series: Vintage Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: December 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1