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Raymond Carver A Writer's Life (Hardcover)

Author:  Carol Sklenicka
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 074326245X
ISBN-13: 9780743262453
Sku: 210409445
Publish Date: 11/24/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.5L x 1.25T
Pages:  578
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In this biography of the iconic literary figure the London "Times" called the American Chekhov, Sklenicka penetrates the myths and controversies surrounding Raymond Carver''s life and career. b&w photographs.
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The product of the author's decades-long cross-country search of archives and her extensive interviews with Carver's relatives, friends and colleagues, an informative memoir provides the definitive story of an iconic literary figure, whose tales focused on ordinary people and their troubles brought on by poverty, drunkenness and embittered marriages.
Born in 1938, the son of a mill worker, Raymond Carver was determined to become a writer from an early age, but life--in the form of a marriage at the age of 19, a child, a drinking problem, and numerous low-paying jobs--got in the way. These subjects--the minutia and trials of American lower-class life--became the material for his short stories, and his devastating minimalist style eventually made Carver famous in the 1970s and 1980s. He died from lung cancer at the age of 50, but his stories are still considered some of the finest American short stories and have spawned legions of admirers and imitators. Carol Sklenicka's extensively researched biography of Carver paints a vivid portrait of Carver's life: his intense relationship with his two wives, his contentious experiences with editor Gordon Lish (who heavily edited Carver's work), his battles with alcoholism (and his eventual, and lasting, recovery), and his deep dedication to the craft of writing. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 Best Books of 2009.


"A riveting and essential piece in the grand puzzle of American literature....Sklenicka deciphers many sensitive aspects of Carver's roller-coaster adventures while offering fascinating analysis of how he 'milled his life into fiction.' " (starred review) - Donna Seaman 10/15/2009

"RAYMOND CARVER: A WRITER'S LIFE is a sober, sensitive portrait of an often drunken and complex man. Sklenicka clearly adores Carver's work, but does a fine job of portraying all his poignant contradictions: He's funny and abusive. Insecure and dogged. Nervous and passionate. She's careful to distinguish the man from his writing. Even when she draws parallels between his life and his fiction, it's to illuminate his creative process." - Susan Jane Gilman 11/27/2009

"It's as a chronicle of Carver's growth as a writer that Sklenicka's book is invaluable....Although [she] exhibits something like awe for Carver the writer, and clearly understands the warping influence alcohol had on his life, she is almost non-judgmental when it comes to Carver the nasty drunk and ungrateful...husband." - Stephen King 11/22/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0578
Product attributePublisher:   Scribner Book Company
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