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Raymond Carver A Writer's Life (Paperback)

Author:  Carol Sklenicka
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0743262468
ISBN-13: 9780743262460
Sku: 212519294
Publish Date: 11/9/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 1.5T
Pages:  578
Raymond Carver was the most beloved American short-story writer of the late 20th century. Two decades after his death, this comprehensive biography tells the story of Carver''s uncanny ambition, legendary life, and enduring work.
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.


"RAYMOND CARVER: A WRITER'S not merely a great biography, but often an astute critical assessment of Carver's writing as well....Sklenicka goes well beyond connecting dots between incidents in Carver's life and his stories: She analyzes the connection as a way of understanding the man and his work." - David Wiegand 11/22/2009

"A rich portrait of a master of the American short story....Sklenicka spoke with nearly everyone on Carver's orbit, making the book a kind of history of American fiction in the '70s and '80s....[This is t]he epic biography that Carver deserves." (starred review) 09/15/2009

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Product attributePublisher:   Scribner Book Company
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