Thursday, July 30, 2009

Carver Re-Collected

Raymond Carver Pictures, Images and Photos

From an interesting piece about a new Library of America collection of Raymond Carver's work that includes the originally published stories as well as the versions excavated by Tess Gallagher:

The capacious spread of the stories in their original form is something readers will recognize as belonging to the Carver of Cathedral, though by then he had matured as a writer and had curbed (somewhat) his characters’ tendency to become prolix and sentimental. But there is scant room for argument about the abrupt, elliptical tone of early Carver, which intoxicated a generation of readers and writers. Carver was the singer but Lish was his producer, and the mood of the sessions is largely his creation.

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