Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life

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      * Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life. By Carol Sklenicka. Nov. 2009. 592p. Scribner, $35 (9780743262453). 813. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A great American short story writer, Raymond Carver is renowned for his [...]
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      SEAMAN, D. Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life. Booklist, [s. l.], n. 4, p. 16, 2009. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsbro&AN=edsbro.A210723627. Acesso em: 23 jan. 2020.
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Booklist Reviews 2009 October #2

*Starred Review* A great American short story writer, Raymond Carver is renowned for his "scrubbed-down" realism and profoundly unsettling insights into couples and domesticity. Sklenicka, the influential writer's first biographer, spoke with hundreds of people who knew Carver back when he was the smart, solitary son of a hard-drinking sawmill worker in Washington State, and throughout his alcohol-fueled odyssey as he crossed the country in despair and hope, struggling to write and get published. His rambling, feckless, obsessive ways wouldn't have been catastrophic if Carver hadn't married at age 17 and quickly had two children. His bright, gutsy first wife, Maryann Burk Carver, supported him for more than half of his sadly shortened life—Carver died at 50 in 1988—and she is every bit as compelling and complex as he is as Sklenicka meticulously and vividly traces their every move, bankruptcy, and battle. Sklenicka is equally incisive in covering Carver's relationship with Gordon Lish, the editor who brought him to light, then became a magnet for controversy due to his extensive revising of Carver's manuscripts. Sklenicka deciphers many sensitive aspects of Carver's roller-coaster adventures while offering fascinating analysis of how he "milled his life into fiction" and used the short story as a "tool for emotional survival." A riveting and essential piece in the grand puzzle of American literature. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2009 September #2

Greatly admired and controversial, Raymond Carver was one of the major short story writers and poets of the 1980s, praised for his innovative, minimalist prose. Born into a working-class family, he married at 19, had two children right away, and never could find enough money. His increasing alcohol use helped to ease his stress but led to serious dysfunction and dependency until he became sober for the last 11 years of his life. The characters in his stories are plagued by some of the same problems with money, alcohol, and relationships he was facing. Sklenicka (D.H. Lawrence and the Child) draws on letters and numerous interviews to capture the tragedy of Carver's life and analyze his work. She tackles in detail the controversy over Gordon Lish's editorial contributions to Carver's style in his first two story collections, a process that substantially altered the works. VERDICT This carefully researched, definitive biography will appeal to scholars, writers, and Carver enthusiasts.—Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo

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PW Reviews 2009 August #5

He has been called "a chronicler of blue-collar despair." He led a relatively private life, much of it spent trying to raise cash via odd jobs and the writing-conference circuit, and died from the cancerous effects of excessive drinking and smoking. Raymond Carver (1938–1988) is a fascinating figure more for what went on in his imagination, as it registered the dynamics of couples' relationships amid the counterculture, than for his messy life. He came from the lower-middle class of Yakima, Wash., and was a father before he turned 21. Maryann Burk, his first wife, had her own measure of success as a memoirist, but as the Carvers' lives came to resemble his stories, they divorced. Carver soon found his second great love, Tess Gallagher. It's ironic that the master of the minimalist short story has his own life recounted in such whopping detail by short story writer and essayist Sklenicka. Earnest and carefully researched, this biography interestingly recounts Carver's working relationship with editor Gordon Lish and other publishing figures. But the writing is most compelling in an epilogue that highlights posthumous legal disputes showing Gallagher maintaining an iron grip on Carver's growing legacy and reputation. (Nov.)

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