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Short Cuts - Raymond Carver

Paperback Published: 7th March 1994
ISBN: 9781860460401
Number Of Pages: 160

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'I look at all of Carver's work as just one story, for his stories are all occurences, all about things that just happen to people and cause their lives to take a turn... In formulating the mosaic of the film Short Cuts, which is based on these nine stories and a poem, 'Lemonade', I've tried to do the same thing- to give the audience one look... But it all began here. I was a reader turning these pages. Trying on these lives' - Robert Altman in his introduction.

"Raymond Carver's stories can be counted amongst the masterpieces of American fiction" * New York Times * "The stories overflow with danger, excitement, mystery and the possibility of life... His eye is so clear it almost breaks your heart" * Washington Post * "One of America's most original, truest voices" -- Salman Rushdie "Superb" -- Ian McEwan

ISBN: 9781860460401
ISBN-10: 1860460402
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 7th March 1994
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 13.5  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1

Raymond Carver


About the Author


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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