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A trick question for Raymond Carver

From the Archive, Issue 107

❶Characteristics of minimalism are generally seen as one of the hallmarks of Carver's work, although, as reviewer David Wiegand notes:

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Constantly struggling to support his wife and family, Carver enrolled in a writing programme under author John Gardner in He saw this opportunity as a turni Carver was born into a poverty-stricken family at the tail-end of the Depression/5.

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Raymond Carver lives in a large, two-story, wood-shingled house on a quiet street in Syracuse, New York. The front lawn slopes down to the sidewalk. A new Mercedes sits in the driveway.

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“On Writing” by Raymond Carver. from The Story and its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. 6th Edition. Ed. Ann Charters. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, Speaking at the Manchester Literary Festival, James Lasdun – probably the closest in recent years this country has come to a genuinely great practitioner of the short story – expressed dismay at the publication of Beginners; the original, more expansive version of Raymond Carver's minimalist masterpiece What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.

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Nov 22,  · Writing talent often runs on its own clean circuit (as the Library of America’s “Raymond Carver: Collected Stories” attests), but writers whose works shine with insight and mystery are often prosaic monsters at home. Raymond Carver, in full Raymond Clevie Carver, (born May 25, , Clatskanie, Oregon, U.S.—died August 2, , Port Angeles, Washington), American short-story writer and poet whose realistic writings about the working poor mirrored his own life.