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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.



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    Comments about Will You Please Be Quiet, Please:

    I love anthologies because you can start anywhere in a book, and with that said, I've been recently reading to my partner more. He finds it difficult to stay focused on the longer novels, and has no time to read for himself, so this book with very short stories has been great to read to him. The stories are written in a very different style to what I'm used to as well, and its a refreshing change of pace.

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    "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

    The American Chekhov' - Sunday Times

    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
    Publisher: Vintage Publishing
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 1.2
    Weight (kg): 0.14
    Edition Number: 1