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Raymond Carver

by Raymond Carver

❶Tess Gallagher is currently fighting with Knopf for permission to republish the stories in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love as they were originally written by Carver, as opposed to the heavily-edited and altered versions that appeared in under the editorship of Gordon Lish. It makes the reader understand as the Narrator did, and this realization would have been as powerful without these devices.

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Raymond Carver (1938-1988)
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Hemingway-esque, Architectural

For me, Hemingway's sentences are poetry. There's a rhythm, a cadence. I can reread his early stories and I find them as extraordinary as ever.

They fire me up as much as ever. Critics often use the term "minimalist" when discussing my prose. But it's a label that bothers me: And, frankly, I don't believe that's my case. Sure, my writing is lean and tends to avoid any excess. You don't have to read Hemingway, though, to judge whether Carver's prose is architectural.

Author's intentions don't always map correctly onto their work, but we know Carver intended his to be architectural, and a certain kind of architecture at that: He [Hemingway] said prose is architecture and the Baroque age is over. Flaubert said close to the same thing, that words are like stones with which one builds a wall. I believe that completely. Can you tell me about Raymond Carver's style of writing? I have to do a presentation on the short stories of Raymond Carver What are your opinions on his stories and themes?

Are you sure you want to delete this answer? Writing Carver's career was dedicated to short stories and poetry. He described himself as "inclined toward brevity and intensity" and "hooked on writing short stories" in the foreword of Where I'm Calling From, a collection published in and a recipient of an honorable mention in the New York Times article citing the best works of fiction of the previous 25 years.

Another stated reason for his brevity was "that the story [or poem] can be written and read in one sitting. His subject matter was often focused on blue-collar experience, and was clearly reflective of his own life. The same could probably be said of the recurring theme of alcoholism and recovery. Chekhov, however, seems the greatest influence, motivating him to write Errand, one of his final stories, about the Russian writer's final hours.

Minimalism is generally seen as one of the hallmarks of Carver's work. His editor at Esquire magazine, Gordon Lish, was instrumental in shaping Carver's prose in this direction - where his earlier tutor John Gardner had advised Carver to use fifteen words instead of twenty-five, Gordon Lish instructed Carver to use five in place of fifteen. Objecting to the "surgical amputation and transplantation" of Lish's editing, Carver eventually broke with him. His style has also been described as Dirty realism, which connected him with a group of writers in the s and s that included Richard Ford, Tobias Wolff -- two writers Carver was closely acquainted with -- as well as Ann Beattie and Jayne Anne Phillips.

With the exception of Beattie, who wrote about upper-middle class people, these were writers who focused on sadness and loss in the everyday lives of ordinary people -- often lower-middle class or isolated and marginalized people -- who represent Henry David Thoreau's idea of living lives of "quiet desperation.

The collection itself was shortlisted for the National Book Award, though it sold fewer than 5, copies that year. Carver was nominated again in for his third major-press collection, Cathedral, the volume generally perceived as his best.

If this sentence was longer its impact would have been lost and the idea would have been dragged out making its point weaker. Carver's writing style experiments with imagery, such as settings of dreary living rooms and kitchens was understandable and very identifiable.

Lastly, the author also used symbolism like the Cathedral to indicate change and realizations within the characters. It makes the reader understand as the Narrator did, and this realization would have been as powerful without these devices. Another style element that the author uses is that he writes in short, choppy sentences.

This leads the reader to believe that the story is more organic, and gives the reader a peak into the stream of concubines of the narrator.

Similar the author uses motifs to demonstrate common factors that are toxic in relationships. Alcohol is often associated with fights and loss of self-control. This drink symbolizes the confusion and lack of control someone has in a relationship.

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Raymond Carver uses a writing style that enhances the themes he writes about. Carver often takes the time to write to a greater audience. Through the use of minimalistic writing style Carver is able to create stories unique in tone and unique in their ability to relate and reflect.

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Sure, my writing is lean and tends to avoid any excess. (source) There's really only one way for you to decide if Carver and Hemingway have similar styles: read and compare them, then be the judge.

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Carver was at first the most influential practitioner of minimalism, and then, through the rewriting of his earlier stories, a writer who repudiated the style. Luckily, Carver's stories can be used to show both the power of the so-called minimalist approach and its limits. Raymond Carver, in full Raymond Clevie Carver, (born May 25, , Clatskanie, Oregon, U.S.—died August 2, , Port Angeles, Washington), American short-story writer and poet whose realistic writings about the working poor mirrored his own life.

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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. Raymond Carver is probably best known for his minimalist style. A lot of his stories followed this style of writing. He was dedicated to his short stories and was even quoted as saying he was “hooked on writing short stories” (Carver, Maturity: Cathedral 2).