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Biography of Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver (1938 - 1988)

The American short story writer and poet Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, on May 25, 1938, and lived in Port Angeles, Washington during his last ten, sober years until his death from cancer on August 2, 1988. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1979 and was twice awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1983 Carver received the prestigious Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award which gave him $35,000 per year tax free and required that he give up any employment other than writing, and in 1985 Poetry magazine's Levinson Prize. In 1988 he was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Hartford. He received a Brandeis Citation for fiction in 1988. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages.

At least that's the basic biography. Of course there's no room in it for the nature of the hardship he and his family went through during most of those fifty years between birth and death. There's no mention of his marriage at 19, the birth of his two children, Christine and Vance, by the time he was 21. No mention of his sometimes ferocious fights with his first wife, Maryann. No mention, either, of his near death, the hospitalizations - four times in 1976 and 1977 - for acute alcoholism.



16 Poems written by Raymond Carver

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And all at length are gathered in.
A few minutes ago, I stepped onto the deck Comments and analysis of The Cobweb by Raymond Carver 269 Comments
And did you get what Comments and analysis of Late Fragment by Raymond Carver 465 Comments
As he writes, without looking at the sea, Comments and analysis of An Afternoon by Raymond Carver 67 Comments
Cool summer nights. Comments and analysis of The Best Time Of The Day by Raymond Carver 3 Comments
Fear of seeing a police car pull into the drive. Comments and analysis of Fear by Raymond Carver 13 Comments
He said it doesn't look good Comments and analysis of What The Doctor Said by Raymond Carver 487 Comments
I woke up with a spot of blood Comments and analysis of The Scratch by Raymond Carver 2 Comments
it gets run over by a van. Comments and analysis of Your Dog Dies by Raymond Carver 179 Comments
It's August and I have not Comments and analysis of Drinking While Driving by Raymond Carver 282 Comments
It's what the kids nowadays call weed. And it drifts Comments and analysis of Stupid by Raymond Carver 3 Comments
October. Here in this dank, unfamiliar kitchen Comments and analysis of Photograph of My Father in His Twenty-Second Year by Raymond Carver 225 Comments
On the Columbia River near Vantage, Comments and analysis of Bobber by Raymond Carver 77 Comments
So early it's still almost dark out. Comments and analysis of Happiness by Raymond Carver 542 Comments
These fish have no eyes Comments and analysis of The Current by Raymond Carver 34 Comments
This morning was something. A little snow Comments and analysis of This Morning by Raymond Carver 67 Comments


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