Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver

Everybody loves Raymond- Raymond Carver that is. Born May 25th 1938, Raymond Clevie Carver, Jr. is thought of by many in the educational field as one of the most significant authors of his time. Carver is held accountable, with great regard, for the resurrection of the popularity of short stories as literature in the years of the 1980s.

Raymond Carver brought a unique quality to the world of writing-in the sense that he was a blue collar family man. He attended college at Chico State University and then later at Humboldt State College where he took writing classes and later, creative-writing workshops. Although very interested in this particular form of art, writing began simply as a hobby for Raymond-a hobby that he pursued in his free time during the spare moments he had between raising a family, bouncing from job to job and later, battling an addiction with alcohol.  It is because of this, that Raymond Carver described himself, in his book of collected works ‘Where I'm Calling From’,  as “hooked on writing short stories”.  Carver’s explanation for his love of poems and short stories was a practical one, simply because short stories and  poems are quick therefore able to be read in complete, within one reading.

Carver’s writing style as seen as that of 'less is more'. Meaning that only the essential points made it to Raymond Carver’s poems and stories, as he saw no need to add extra fluff to his works. His writing is compared to great writers such as Anton Chekov, Ernest Hemming and V.S. Pritchett. Many of Carver’s works are available within collections such as his first publication, “Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?” and “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”.

Raymond Carver’s career, and even more devastatingly, his life,  ended on August 2nd 1988. Carver was 50 years old and lost his battle with lung cancer, only 6 weeks after the marriage to his second wife took place.  Though Raymond Carver is no longer with us, his writing and inspirational life continue to live on within his works and within the teachings provided in the classrooms of today.

Biography of Raymond Carver
Official Raymond Carver Website
Today In Literature- Raymond Carver
IMDB - Raymond Carver Biography
Georgetown, Carver Bio
InfoPlease - Raymond Clevie Carver Biography
The Life of Raymond Carver
Ray Carver's Life
Raymond Clevie Carver

Raymond Carver’s Writing

Fantasic Fiction - Raymond Carver
NY Times: Review of Raymond Carver's Works
Raymond Carver,  Poems
American Poems, Carver
Raymond Carver's Writings
Raymond Carver on Writing Fiction
What It Used To Be Like- Portrait of A Marriage To Raymond Carver
A New Path to the Waterfall- Raymond Carver

Carver in the Classroom

Raymond Carver- Guide to Teaching Carver in the Classroom
Read, Write, Think- Raymond Carver

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