Fires Essays, Poems, Stories

ISBN-10: 0679722394

ISBN-13: 9780679722397

Edition: 1989

Authors: Raymond Carver

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"You should read Fires now. These stories and the enormous talent of Raymond Carver beginning to take hold." -- San Francisco Chronicle "Seminal in Carver studies...A disparate collection of work bound by a unity of vision and obsession." -- Los Angeles Herald Examiner "Carver's most revealing book...This collection confirms the worth of Raymond Carver's work...Like bright birds in distant trees, Carver's stories appear in flashes, glimpses; Fires reveals the arc of his purposeful flight." -- Boston Globe
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List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/18/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Patricia Highsmith wrote twenty-one novels including "Strangers on a Train" & the "Ripley" series. She died in 1995 in Switzerland, where she resided much of her life.Born in 1938 in an Oregon logging town, Raymond Carver grew up in Yakima, From California he went to Iowa to attend the Iowa Writers Workshop. Soon, however, he returned to California, where he worked at a number of unskilled jobs before obtaining a teaching position. Widely acclaimed as the most important short story writer of his generation, Carver writes about the kind of lower-middle-class people whom he knew growing up. His characters are waitresses, mechanics, postmen, high school teachers, factory workers, door-to-door salesmen who lead drab lives because of limited funds. Critics have said that may have the most distinctive vision of the working class. Nominated posthumously for both a National Book Critics Circle Award (1988) and a Pulitzer Prize (1989) for Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories (1988), Carver is one of a handful of writers credited with reviving the short story form. Some have put Carver in the tradition of Ernest Hemingway and Stephen Crane. Carver's stories tend to be brief, with enigmatic endings, although never erupting. Violence is often just below the surface. An air of quiet desperation pervades his stories, as Carver explores the collapse of human relationships in bleak circumstances. In later works, Carver strikes a note of redemption, unheard at the beginning of his career. But for readers who are not attuned to Carver's voice of resignation, these moments may sound sentimental and unconvincing. Carver died of lung cancer in 1988.

My Father's Life
On Writing
John Gardner: The Writer as Teacher
Drinking While Driving
Distress Sale
Your Dog Dies
Photograph of My Father in His Twenty-Second year
Hamid Ramouz (1818-1906)
The Baker
Iowa Summer
For Semra, with Martial Vigor
Looking for work
Rogue River Jet-Boat Trip, Gold Beach, Oregon, July 4, 1977
You Don't Know What Love Is
Morning, Thinking of Empire
The Blue Stones
Tel Aviv and Life on The Mississippi
The News Carried to Macedonia
The Mosque in Jaffa
Not Far from Here
Sudden Rain
Country Matters
This Room
Spring, 480 B.C.
Near Klamath
Winter Insomnia
At Night the Salmon Move
With a Telescope Rod on Cowiche Creek
Poem for Dr. Pratt, a Lady Pathologist
Wes Hardin: From a Photograph
The Other Life
The Mailman as Cancer Patient
Poem for Hemingway & W. C. Williams
Highway 99E from Chico
The Cougar
The Current
Trying to Sleep Late On a Saturday Morning in November
Poem for Karl Wallenda, Aerialist Supreme
Deschutes River
The Lie
The Cabin
Harry's Death
The Pheasant
Where is Everyone?
So Much Water so Close to Home
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