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Raymond Carver  

Born in 1938 to working class parents, Raymond Carver is best known for his short stories, a literary form that he helped revitalize. He died at the age of 50 of lung cancer.
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PCCC Book of Collected Carver Short Stories

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Raymond Carver - Raymond Carver; William Stull (Editor); Maureen Carroll (Editor)
Call Number: PS 3553 .A7894 A6 2009
ISBN: 9781598530469
Publication Date: 2009-08-20


Brief Biography

Raymond Carver, the noted American short story writer and poet  was born in Oregon in 1938.  His father was a hard drinking sawmill worker and his mother worked as a waitress and clerk.  Educated in Washington State, Carver loved to read, hunt and fish.  A few years after graduating from high school, Carver married 16 year old Maryann Burk.  Their daughter was born in 1957 and their son was born  the next year.  Carver and his young wife worked a series of jobs to support themselves and their children.  In the late 50's and early 60's Carver became interested in writing.   He studied writing in college and graduated from Humboldt State College in 1963.  He attended the famous Iowa Writers' Workshop, but left after a year, never earning his M.A. degree.  His wife, a hard working woman who helped her husband by working a series of jobs, graduated from college in 1970 and for seven years worked as a high school English teacher.  The family moved to Sacramento in the mid-60's.  Carver worked as a night custodian and completing his  work quickly, spent the rest of the night writing.  In 1967 his short story "Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?" appeared in the Best American Short Stories anthology.  He slowly began to receive recognition in the 1970's and his well received collection of stories "Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?" was published in 1976.  He also began to drink. Eventually drinking took over his life.  He stopped drinking in 1977. However the drinking took a toll on his marriage.  His long suffering wife endured abuse and infidelity and finally divorced him in 1982, but not before Carver began living with Tess Gallagher, a poet.   By that time Carver and Gallagher were living and teaching at Syracuse University.   Carver married Gallagher in 1988.  Six weeks after the marriage, Carver died of lung cancer.  He was 50 years old.

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