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Best Raymond Carver Books: The Ultimate List

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Raymond Carver books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Stories (1989)

Best Raymond Carver Books: The Ultimate ListIn his second collection, including the iconic and much-referenced title story featured in the Academy Award-winning film Birdman, Carver establishes his reputation as one of the most celebrated short-story writers in American literature—a haunting meditation on love, loss, and companionship, and finding one’s way through the dark. #55,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1072 in Short Stories (Books) #358 in Literary Criticism & Theory #742 in Short Stories Anthologies Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Raymond Carver

2. Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?: Stories (1992)

Best Raymond Carver Books: The Ultimate ListWith this, his first collection of stories, Raymond Carver breathed new life into the American short story. Carver shows us the humor and tragedy that dwell in the hearts of ordinary people; his stories are the classics of our time.”[Carver’s stories] can … be counted among the masterpieces of American Literature.” –The New York Times Book Review”One of the great short story writers of our time–of any time.” –The  Philadelhpia Inquirer”The whole collection is a knock out. Few wriers can match Raymond Carver’s entiwining style and language.” –The Dallas Morning News  #180,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)…
Author(s): Raymond Carver

3. Where I’m Calling From: Selected Stories (1989)

Best Raymond Carver Books: The Ultimate ListBy the time of his early death in 1988, Raymond Carver had established himself as one of the great practitioners of the American short story, a writer who had not only found his own voice but imprinted it in the imaginations of thousands of readers. Where I’m Calling From, his last collection, encompasses classic stories from Cathedral, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, and earlier Carver volumes, along with seven new works previously unpublished in book form. Together, these 37 stories give us a superb overview of Carver’s life work and show us why he was so widely imitated but never…
Author(s): Raymond Carver

4. Cathedral (1989)

Best Raymond Carver Books: The Ultimate ListRaymond Carver’s third collection of stories, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, including the canonical titular story about blindness and learning to enter the very different world of another.  These twelve stories mark a turning point in Carver’s work and “overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life. . . . Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty. . . . his eye set only on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart” (Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book…
Author(s): Raymond Carver

5. Short Cuts. With an introduction by Robert Altman. (1993)

Best Raymond Carver Books: The Ultimate ListThe works of fiction – nine stories and one poem – collected in this volume form the basis for an astonishingly original film directed by Robert Altman. These now-classic stories, when read together, form a searing and indelible portrait of American innocence and loss. With deadpan humor and enormous tenderness, the film Short Cuts reinvents and dramatizes them as only an artist of Altman’s caliber could, giving new insight into the work of “one of the true contemporary masters” (New York Review of Books) #1,467,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product,…
Author(s): RAYMOND. CARVER

6. All of Us: The Collected Poems (2000)

Best Raymond Carver Books: The Ultimate ListThis prodigiously rich collection suggests that Raymond Carver was not only America’s finest writer of short fiction, but also one of its most large-hearted and affecting poets. Like Carver’s stories, the more than 300 poems in All of Us are marked by a keen attention to the physical world; an uncanny ability to compress vast feeling into discreet moments; a voice of conversational intimacy, and an unstinting sympathy. This complete edition brings together all the poems of Carver’s five previous books, from Fires to the posthumously published No Heroics,…
Author(s): Raymond Carver

7. Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose (2001)

Best Raymond Carver Books: The Ultimate ListRaymond Carver’s complete uncollected fiction and nonfiction, including the five posthumously discovered “last” stories, found a decade after Carver’s death and published here in book form for the first time. Call If You Need Me includes all of the prose previously collected in No Heroics, Please, four essays from Fires, and those five marvelous stories that range over the period of Carver’s mature writing and give his devoted readers a final glimpse of the great writer at work. The pure pleasure of Carver’s writing is everywhere in his work, here no less than in those…
Author(s): Raymond Carver

8. Short Cuts: Selected Stories (1993)

Best Raymond Carver Books: The Ultimate ListThe nine stories and one poem collected in this volume formed the basis for the astonishingly original film “Short Cuts” directed by Robert Altman. Collected altogether in this volume, these stories form a searing and indelible portrait of American innocence and loss. From the collections Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?, Where I’m Calling From, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, and A New Path to the Waterfall; including an introduction by Robert Altman. With deadpan humor and enormous tenderness, this is the work of…
Author(s): Raymond Carver, Robert Altman

9. A New Path to the Waterfall (1994)

Best Raymond Carver Books: The Ultimate ListRaymond Carver, author of Where I’m Calling From, is widely considered one of the great short story writers of our time. A New Path to the Waterfall was Carver’s last book, and shows a writer telling the truth as best as he knows how in the time left to him. The sixty-odd poems in this collection are linked by Carver with selections from other writers, most notably Chekhov, whose work was an inspiration and a guide, and by the cumulative force of the life and death questions he poses in them. As Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet guided countless…
Author(s): Raymond Carver, Tess Gallagher

10. Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories (1989)

Best Raymond Carver Books: The Ultimate ListMore than sixty stories, poems, and essays are included in this wide-ranging collection by the extravagantly versatile Raymond Carver. Two of the stories—later revised for What We Talk About When We Talk About Love—are particularly notable in that between the first and the final versions, we see clearly the astounding process of Carver’s literary development. #1,062,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2180 in American Fiction Anthologies #5676 in American Poetry (Books) #4785 in Essays (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you…
Author(s): Raymond Carver

11. Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life (2010)

Best Raymond Carver Books: The Ultimate ListWhen Raymond Carver died at age fifty, readers lost a distinctive voice in its prime. Carver was, the Times of London said, “the Chekhov of middle America.” His influence on a generation of writers and on the short story itself has been widely noted. Not so generally known are how Carver became a writer, how he suffered to achieve his art, and how his troubled and remarkable personality affected those around him. Carol Sklenicka’s meticulous and absorbing biography re-creates Carver’s early years in Yakima, Washington, where he was the nervous, overweight son of a kindly, alcohol-dependent…
Author(s): Carol Sklenicka

12. American Short Story Masterpieces: A Rich Selection of Recent Fiction from America’s Best Modern Writers (1989)

Best Raymond Carver Books: The Ultimate ListEditors Raymond Carver and Tom Jenks have selected fiction that “tells a story”–and tells it with a masterful handling of language, situation, and insight. But what is so special about this volume is that it mirrors our age, our concerns, and our lives. Whether it’s the end of a marriage, as in Bobbie Ann Manson’s “Shiloh,” or the struggle with self-esteem and weight in Andre Dubus’s “The Fat Girl,” the 36 works included her probe issues that give us that “shock of recognition” that is the hallmark…
Author(s): Raymond Carver, Tom Jenks

13. Where Water Comes Together with Other Water: Poems (1986)

Best Raymond Carver Books: The Ultimate ListWinner of Poetry Magazine’s Levinson Prize, an illuminating collection from the middle of his career, Raymond Carver’s poems “function as distilled, heightened versions of his stories, offering us fugitive glimpses of ordinary lives on the edge” (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times). #500,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1112 in American Fiction Anthologies #148 in Family Poetry (Books) #931 in Love Poems Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Raymond Carver

14. Beginners: The Original Version of What We Talk about When We Talk about Love (2010)

Best Raymond Carver Books: The Ultimate List“What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” is Raymond Carver’s most famous collection of short stories and remains one of the most influential pieces of modern literature to date. But the original, unedited manuscript, “Beginners” – published here for the first time, was almost fifty per cent longer than the published collection. This restored version of Carver’s stories reveal what was previously unsaid, filling in the narrative silences that have both inspired and mystified readers for so long. “Beginners” is a fascinating insight into the aesthetic of a literary great and,…
Author(s): Carver, Raymond Carver

15. Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Bookmarked (2018)

Best Raymond Carver Books: The Ultimate ListA haunting meditation on love, loss, companionship, and finding one’s way through the dark, Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is one of the most important and influential short story collections in contemporary literature. In his entry in the esteemed Bookmarked series, acclaimed author Brian Evenson offers his personal and literary take on this classic Carver collection. Brian Evenson is the author of several books of fiction, most recently the story collection A Collapse of Horses (Coffee House Press, 2016) and the novella The Warren (Tor.com, 2016). His 2012 books…
Author(s): Brian Evenson

Best Raymond Carver Books: The Ultimate List

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Beginners

Author(s): Carver, Raymond
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group;Vintage Books, Year: 2015, Size: 680 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 1421366

What we talk about when we talk about love and Beginners

Author(s): Carver, Raymond
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group;Vintage Books, Year: 2015, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1434840

Not far from here : the Paris Symposium on Raymond Carver

Author(s): Vasiliki Fachard, Vasiliki Fachard, Robert Miltner
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Year: 2014, Size: 744 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 1428303

The Poetry of Raymond Carver: Against the Current

Author(s): Carver, Raymond; Kleppe, Sandra Lee
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, Year: 2014, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1433110

Raymond Carver

Author(s): Carver, Raymond; Plath, James; Carver, Raymond
Publisher: Salem Pr, Year: 2013, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1419895

The Visual Poetics of Raymond Carver

Author(s): Ayala Amir
Publisher: , Year: 2010, Size: 977 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 545246

The visual poetics of Raymond Carver

Author(s): Carver, Raymond; Carver, Raymond; Amir, Ayala
Publisher: Lexington Books, Year: 2010, Size: 861 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 1433773

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really record-breakers according to Los Angeles Times, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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