The first biography of americaas best-known short story writer of the late twentieth century. The London Times called Raymond Carver qthe American Chekhov.q The beloved, mischievous, but more modest short-story writer and poet thought of himself as qa lucky manq whose renunciation of alcohol allowed him to live qten years longer than I or anyone expected.q In that last decade, Carver became the leading figure in a resurgence of the short story. Readers embraced his precise, sad, often funny and poignant tales of ordinary people and their troubles: poverty, drunkenness, embittered marriages, difficulties brought on by neglect rather than intent. Since Carver died in 1988 at age fifty, his legacy has been mythologized by admirers and tainted by controversy over a zealous editoras shaping of his first two story collections. Carol Sklenicka penetrates the myths and controversies. Her decade-long search of archives across the United States and her extensive interviews with Carveras relatives, friends, and colleagues have enabled her to write the definitive story of the iconic literary figure. Laced with the voices of people who knew Carver intimately, her biography offers a fresh appreciation of his work and an unbiased, vivid portrait of the writer.humansaacut from aThe Bath.a Hall invited Carver to publish the earlier versions in an issue of Ploughshares he would soon edit. Carver himself would speak of these later incarnations as aexpansionsa rather than the restorations they trulyanbsp;...
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